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irregular

  
1       adj   If events or actions occur at irregular intervals, the periods of time between them are of different lengths.,   (Antonym: regular)    Cars passed at irregular intervals..., He worked irregular hours.     
  irregularly      adv   ADV with v  
He was eating irregularly, steadily losing weight.     
   irregularity            ( irregularities    plural)    n-var  
...a dangerous irregularity in her heartbeat.     
2       adj   Something that is irregular is not smooth or straight, or does not form a regular pattern.   (=uneven)     (Antonym: regular)    He had bad teeth, irregular and discolored.     
  irregularly      adv   usu ADV -ed  
Located off-center in the irregularly shaped lake was a fountain.     
   irregularity             n-var  
...treatment of abnormalities or irregularities of the teeth.     
3       adj   Irregular behaviour is dishonest or not in accordance with the normal rules.  
...the minister accused of irregular business practices...     
   irregularity             n-var  
...charges arising from alleged financial irregularities.     
4       adj   An irregular verb, noun, or adjective has different forms from most other verbs, nouns, or adjectives in the language. For example, `break' is an irregular verb because its past form is `broke', not `breaked'.,   (Antonym: regular)   
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irregularity

  
1    asymmetry, bumpiness, crookedness, jaggedness, lack of symmetry, lopsidedness, lumpiness, patchiness, raggedness, roughness, spottiness, unevenness  
2    aberration, abnormality, anomaly, breach, deviation, eccentricity, freak, malfunction, malpractice, oddity, peculiarity, singularity, unconventionality, unorthodoxy  
3    confusion, desultoriness, disorderliness, disorganization, haphazardness, lack of method, randomness, uncertainty, unpunctuality, unsteadiness  

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