American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance. See Synonyms at chance.
- n. Mere chance; fortuity.
- adv. By chance; casually.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chance; accident.
- Chance; accidental; random: as, a haphazard statement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Extra hazard; chance; accident; random.
- adj. Determined by chance, whimsy, or guesswork; unplanned; aimless; random; -- used mostly of human actions.
- adj. marked by great carelessness
- adj. dependent upon or characterized by chance
- adv. without care; in a slapdash manner
- From hap ("chance, luck") + hazard. (Wiktionary)
“By contrast, Frost scolded the state in July for creating what he called a "haphazard application" of its death penalty protocols.”
“What Bob Semro called "haphazard" is really personal freedom.”
“I looked around me, at smashed remains: bricks tumbled in haphazard heaps, sections of roofs and walls, ripped apart as if by a giant and scattered like paper, no collection of building materials recognizable as a house for blocks in every direction.”
“FEMA also deserves its share of blame for redirecting relief trucks around the area in haphazard fashion and in not ordering a streamlining of paperwork in the inital days following the levy break.”
“Its February 2008 Final Report advised a collaborative "planned approach" - as opposed to "haphazard" - protecting Maine's "treasured ... scenic and natural resources.”
“No, y’all are using terms legal terms that have established meanings in haphazard and sloppy fashion.”
“Probably because you haven’t entered the discussion – you just re-posted a smashed-together list of right-wing Israel justifications sans the really overt religious and racist ones, and posted it in haphazard fashion more akin to a retarded spambot than an actual person.”
“I was dating in a way that can best be described as haphazard, shuffling drinks and dinners and movie dates with a filmmaker, an art collector, a political writer, and an ex.”
“His use of the secondary literature is haphazard, which is perhaps to be forgiven in light of the variety of work considered.”
“This script was not in origin an ‘alphabet’, that is, a haphazard series of letters, each with an independent value of its own, recited in a traditional order that has no reference either to their shapes or to their functions.”
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