Definitions

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  • adverb In a spotty manner.

Etymologies

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spotty +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Humanitarian intervention: The trend in international law, although spottily followed in practice, is for intervention on behalf of victims of potential genocide and gross human rights abuses.

    Allan Gerson: Humanitarian Intervention or Regime Change in Libya: International Law as a Compass

  • Flannery grew up — in Savannah and in Atlanta and, from 1938, in the Cline mansion in Milledgeville — with black servants floating around and a sense of herself as part of the genteel, bigoted, spottily educated stratum of landed whites.

    Touched by Evil

  • Humanitarian intervention: The trend in international law, although spottily followed in practice, is for intervention on behalf of victims of potential genocide and gross human rights abuses.

    Allan Gerson: Humanitarian Intervention or Regime Change in Libya: International Law as a Compass

  • Flannery grew up — in Savannah and in Atlanta and, from 1938, in the Cline mansion in Milledgeville — with black servants floating around and a sense of herself as part of the genteel, bigoted, spottily educated stratum of landed whites.

    Touched by Evil

  • Humanitarian intervention: The trend in international law, although spottily followed in practice, is for intervention on behalf of victims of potential genocide and gross human rights abuses.

    Allan Gerson: Humanitarian Intervention or Regime Change in Libya: International Law as a Compass

  • The code has been "spottily enforced" but the Taliban hasn't stopped there.

    Michael Giltz: Extreme Taliban Makeover: The Secret Memo

  • Early in the construction phase it had purchased goggles, safety belts, and some thirteen thousand safety helmets for distribution to all workers the project acquired the reputation, inaccurately, as the first construction site to use hardhats but the mandate to wear them was only spottily enforced.

    Colossus

  • Early in the construction phase it had purchased goggles, safety belts, and some thirteen thousand safety helmets for distribution to all workers the project acquired the reputation, inaccurately, as the first construction site to use hardhats but the mandate to wear them was only spottily enforced.

    Colossus

  •  He could feel the flaccid skin warm, but only spottily.

    Old Egg

  • The code has been \ "spottily enforced\" but the Taliban hasn\'t stopped there.

    Michael Giltz: Extreme Taliban Makeover: The Secret Memo

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