haphazard haphazard  /hæp ˈhæ zərd/


  1. (adj) dependent upon or characterized by chance
  2. (adj) marked by great carelessness
  3. (adv) without care; in a slapdash manner

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  1. But he has done so in a haphazard way, with little attention to detail or consequences.
  2. Saudi officials say these cities have already grown too fast, and in too haphazard a fashion the population of the capital alone has doubled in a decade, to 4 million.
  3. This was no conclusive finding, but a warning flag against haphazard X rays of the pregnant.


  1. Are Britain's Mechanics Prepared for the Worst?

    Independent UK garages operating in a 'haphazard marketplace' could be risking it all by not having a tailored insurance policy, says Unicom Insurance.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. First responders face pay disparity, budget cuts

    First responders face pay disparity, budget cuts by Marsha Mercer Stateline.org Published Jun 8, 2013 11:55PM MDT When bombs exploded in Boston and a monster tornado tore through Oklahoma, paramedics and emergency medical technicians ran toward danger. As first responders, they put their lives at risk in order to save the lives of others. Yet EMTs and paramedics are governed by a haphazard ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  3. Justyn Hegreberg at False Front: A journey to the boundaries of painting

    The 19 abstract paintings in Justyn Hegreberg's "Authentic Travel," up now through mid-June at FalseFront, are haphazard and nervy, wired with impulse and spontaneity.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Oregonian


  1. But Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite and a top leader in the parliamentary bloc controlled by al-Hakim's father, described the behavior of the US troops involved in the detention as "inappropriate, foolish and haphazard."
    on Feb 24, 2007 By: Adil Abdul-Mahdi Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. Bush said the House Democrats' plan to pay for the war only through July was "haphazard, piecemeal funding."
    on May 10, 2007 By: President Bush Source: ABC News

  3. "It's a system that's fraught with inadequacies, improper checks and balances, no procedures in place. It's sort of a haphazard little dance that everyone dances around," said Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.
    on Dec 21, 2007 By: Lynne Abraham Source: Guardian Unlimited

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