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  • Adj.

chaotic

kay-OT-ik

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The rock concert, instead of running smoothly, was chaotic and disorderly from the beginning. The chaotic or messed-up state began when the opening act canceled at the last minute, and the main band refused to play early. Next lightning crashed and the lights went out, causing a chaotic, uncontrolled response which saw everyone scrambling for the exits. When the police arrived to try to reinstate some order, a rumor spread that there had been a bomb threat which made things even more chaotic, crazy, and rowdy.

Quiz: What is a chaotic situation?

  • It is a situation that everyone takes in stride even though it does not go well.
  • It is one that is very mixed up and utterly confused.
  • It is one that does not go very well despite some good planning.

Memory Hook
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Chap Neurotic That chap is so neurotic because he lives a chaotic, messed-up life.

Examples
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  • The Netherlands and Germany battled to a nervy draw, and, while not much was expected of the Germans, the same can’t be said for the Dutch, who looked awkward and chaotic before the late equalizer. —Sports Illustrated
  • The Earth’s climate, one scientist argued, is a chaotic system — shooting particles into the stratosphere could have unforeseen consequences, such as enlarging the ozone hole, that we might only discover after the damage was done. —Rolling Stone
  • Ethiopia is emerging as the key strategic ally in this effort, and the chaotic zone around Mogadishu, not really controlled by any government, is a focal area of concern. —Harper's Magazine
  • The catch is that the evolution of a chaotic system depends very sensitively on its starting conditions, which leads in the long term to behavior that is ultimately unpredictable. —The Economist

Word Ingredients
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cha infinite space or darkness
-ic like, of

Something chaotic hearkens to the extreme disorder found in “infinite space,” from which all things that are took form.

Word Theater
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Roger Rabbit Roger Rabbit's babysitting experience is chaotic!
Chaotic

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Chaotic

Word Variants
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chaos n great disorder or confusion