Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being fitful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being fitful; impulsiveness; waywardness; instability.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being spasmodic and irregular

Etymologies

fitful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The 96 years between these two firsts is a stark reminder of the fitfulness of beginnings.

    Michele Elam: Why Black Firsts Matter

  • It was confirmed with this outcome that the two men with flair are not only essential to the line-up but also that England will fail if they fall prey to the fitfulness that affected them here.

    Steven Gerrard pays back the confidence of Fabio Capello

  • That fitfulness discredited the party, and Besancenot has thrived on the upshot: disappointed blue-collar and public-sector workers.

    France Goes Postal

  • In a fit of childish fitfulness, I stomped my feet this morning and said I don't * care* if I'll pay for it later, I'm Not Working Today.

    bunchalittlestuff

  • Instead of being passed over in a two-decade silence, the Holocaust was tossed by a two-decade fitfulness of interpretation, a period during which no version commanded enough assent to get the full attention of the culture, until finally one version came out on top.

    Silence after the Holocaust

  • Even more troubling, possible use of cocaine raises a question not just about character, but about Bush's legal fitfulness for elected office at all.

    John Seery: The Bush Cocaine Chronicles: Complicity and Cover-up

  • Ruffian as he looks, the first word he speaks — to a lady, at least — places him on a level with educated gentlemen, and his conversation is brilliant, and full of the light and fitfulness of genius.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • We was still alone, and no feverish words of mine can do justice to the fitfulness of his appearance as he sat at No. 4 table, increased by there being something wrong with the meter.

    Somebody's Luggage

  • This gave his conduct an appearance of fitfulness and caprice, varying suddenly from moodiness to mirth, and from silent gravity to shallow laughter; causing surprise and ridicule in those who were not aware of the sickness of heart which lay beneath.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • They both smelled each other, but whenever Baba Yaga thought of seeking him out, or Bear stirred in his somnolence, Mikola filled the air between them with so much of the forgetful haze of summer that they'd become distracted and think of something else, with only a feeling of fitfulness and ennui to remind them of their forgotten desire.

    Enchantment

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