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Pronunciation: [ɛɹˈatɪkli] (IPA)

Erratically is an adverb that means inconsistently or unpredictably. Some synonyms for this word include haphazardly, randomly, unevenly, spasmodically, and irregularly. If something is done erratically, it is being done in a manner that is not reliable, stable, or steady. Other terms that fit into this category might include capriciously, infrequently, sporadically, aimlessly, recklessly, or uncertainly. When used in a negative context, erratically can indicate that someone or something is acting out of control or without a clear purpose. In contrast, if used positively, it could suggest that someone is being creative or innovative in their decision-making.

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The antonyms for the word "erratically" are consistently, regularly, steadily, smoothly, and predictably. These words are used to describe actions or processes that are stable, reliable and maintain a consistent pattern. Consistently means to act in the same manner repeatedly, while regularly refers to actions that are done at the same time or with a certain frequency. Steadily indicates a continuous action that occurs at a constant pace, while smoothly designates an action that progresses without any obstacles or interruptions. Finally, predictably conveys the idea that an action can be anticipated or expected with a high degree of certainty. These antonyms are especially useful when describing a process or behavior that needs to be reliable and consistent.

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Usage examples for Erratically

The soldiers, except the one on sentry who still paced a trifle erratically, were grouped on their haunches around the fire in front of the tent on the threshold of which the corporal presided with as much pomposity as if he were the great Mogul, all drinking and smoking and eating.
"Witch-Doctors"
Charles Beadle
There, scrawled erratically in dripping tallow, is a three word sentence in Benn Pitman's phonetic characters.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator"
John T. McIntyre
Forsberg's mathematics had shown the theoretical possibility of a discreet jump, with no time lapse, from one of the curving lines of warp to the next, instead of the present method of travel at "friction speed" along the erratically curving lines.
"Evil Out of Onzar"
Mark Ganes

Famous quotes with Erratically

  • Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
    Maya Angelou
  • Reflecting on my experience, I find myself agreeing with the eminent Cambridge philosopher, Dr. C. D. Broad, “that we should do well to consider much more seriously than we have hitherto been inclined to do the type of theory which Bergson put forward in connection with memory and sense perception. The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.” According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large. But in so far as we are animals, our business is at all costs to survive. To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet. To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated those symbol-systems and implicit philosophies which we call languages. Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born—the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things. That which, in the language of religion, is called “this world” is the universe of reduced awareness, expressed, and, as it were, petrified by language. The various “other worlds,” with which human beings erratically make contact are so many elements in the totality of the awareness belonging to Mind at Large. Most people, most of the time, know only what comes through the reducing valve and is consecrated as genuinely real by the local language. Certain persons, however, seem to be born with a kind of by-pass that circumvents the reducing valve. In others temporary by-passes may be acquired either spontaneously, or as the result of deliberate “spiritual exercises,” or through hypnosis, or by means of drugs. Through these permanent or temporary by-passes there flows, not indeed the perception “of everything that is happening everywhere in the universe” (for the by-pass does not abolish the reducing valve, which still excludes the total content of Mind at Large), but something more than, and above all something different from, the carefully selected utilitarian material which our narrowed, individual minds regard as a complete, or at least sufficient, picture of reality.
    Aldous Huxley
  • ‘Truth of it is,’ said Commander Haydock, steering rather erratically round a one-way island and narrowly missing collision with a large van, ‘when the beggars are right, one remembers it, and when they’re wrong you forget it.’
    Agatha Christie

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