from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance. See Synonyms at chance.
  • n. Mere chance; fortuity.
  • adv. By chance; casually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. random; chaotic; incomplete; not thorough, constant, or consistent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Determined by chance, whimsy, or guesswork; unplanned; aimless; random; -- used mostly of human actions.
  • n. Extra hazard; chance; accident; random.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Chance; accident.
  • Chance; accidental; random: as, a haphazard statement.

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

  • 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)


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • His use of the secondary literature is haphazard, which is perhaps to be forgiven in light of the variety of work considered.

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  • 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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