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  • 1In a state of complete confusion and disorder.

    ‘a chaotic jumble of spools, tapes, and books’
    • ‘People are very confused in this chaotic world about what is really the right thing to do.’
    • ‘From its neat grid of streets which parallel the long waterfront, a more chaotic jumble of lanes wriggle up the hillside.’
    • ‘How can any sense be made of what may appear to be a chaotic jumble of attitudes?’
    • ‘On the surface, this world appears very chaotic because of the disruptive new technology.’
    • ‘The traffic in and around the city has been described as chaotic.’
    • ‘My life feels chaotic, but when I look back over things, I see a shape that I didn't realise was there at the time.’
    • ‘Most are battling with drink, drugs or both and have chaotic lives that revolve around the next fix and earning the money to pay for it.’
    • ‘The last few weeks have been chaotic as they organise the wedding.’
    • ‘Her lifestyle became very chaotic, and there were times when appointments were made but she did not choose to attend.’
    • ‘Work is still chaotic, but at least I have my online friends to keep me occupied and entertained.’
    • ‘His arrival in Edinburgh last week was met with chaotic scenes as scores of journalists attended his press launch.’
    • ‘The processions of thousands of peoples created chaotic traffic situations in the city.’
    • ‘All the time, video cameras on the roof are recording the entire chaotic scene.’
    • ‘Traffic was chaotic and every junction was a snarl of cars and beeping horns.’
    • ‘In the chaotic world of war and its aftermath, it's hard to distinguish between good and bad.’
    • ‘But things became even more chaotic yesterday following a security alert at a computer firm in Victoria Road.’
    • ‘Now, after decades of dictatorship, a chaotic political scene has burst forth.’
    • ‘Most people have led a chaotic lifestyle before coming here.’
    • ‘It also boasts one of the world's most chaotic urban traffic systems.’
    • ‘The transport system, already chaotic at best, was flung into abject confusion.’
    disorderly, disordered, in disorder, in chaos, in disarray, disorganized, topsy-turvy, haywire, confused, in pandemonium, in turmoil, tumultuous, disrupted
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    1. 1.1Physics Relating to systems which exhibit chaos.
      ‘They occur as the foundations of what is now known as chaotic systems.’
      • ‘Smale discovered strange attractors which lead to chaotic dynamical systems.’
      • ‘Many natural chaotic systems form fractals in the patterns that record the process.’
      • ‘Some insects even cultivate chaotic output to produce randomised behaviour.’
      • ‘For twenty years I lived in a world with no catastrophe theory, no chaotic growth, no knots that wouldn't untie.’



/kāˈädik/ /keɪˈɑdɪk/


Early 18th century from chaos, on the pattern of words such as hypnotic.