Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun The quality of being fitful.

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

  • noun the quality of being spasmodic and irregular

Etymologies

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fitful +‎ -ness

Examples

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

    Michele Elam: Why Black Firsts Matter

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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

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