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OCCA'SIONAL, a. s as z.
adjective Date: circa 1631
adj. 1 happening irregularly and infrequently. 2 made or meant for, or associated with, a special occasion. 3 acting on a special occasion. Phrases and idioms: occasional cause a secondary cause; an occasion (see OCCASION n. 4). occasional table a small table for irregular and varied use. Derivatives: occasionality n. occasionally adv.
Occasional Oc*ca"sion*al, a. [Cf.F. occasionnel.] 1. Of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or admits; casual; incidental; as, occasional remarks, or efforts. The . . . occasional writing of the present times. --Bagehot. 2. Produced by accident; as, the occasional origin of a thing. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. Occasional cause (Metaph.), some circumstance preceding an effect which, without being the real cause, becomes the occasion of the action of the efficient cause; thus, the act of touching gunpowder with fire is the occasional, but not the efficient, cause of an explosion.
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. Occasional means happening sometimes, but not regularly or often. I've had occasional mild headaches all my life... Esther used to visit him for the occasional days and weekends. ADJ: usu ADJ n • occasionally He still misbehaves occasionally... ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV with v
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