Is there a word for doing work like this? For example when you have a lot of outages, you would say your power supplier is working ...ly. Something like inconsistent or erratic but with a less forgiving connotation.

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    My power supply would be working intermittently
    – Jim
    Jun 24, 2017 at 17:28
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    Oh not supply, supplier... The power company... undependably, unreliably.
    – Jim
    Jun 24, 2017 at 17:30

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A word often used in this connection is sporadic.

sporadic (adj.): occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances

MW online entry for 'sporadic'


Your power supplier is working ineffectively.


1:  not producing an intended effect 

2:  not capable of performing efficiently or as expected

source: Merriam-Webster

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    Another possibility is sporadically. Jun 29, 2017 at 5:14
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    @Blaise Zydeco Sporadically is a good word. Write it up with definition, source and link as an answer, ping me and I will upvote. (Need def, source and link!)
    – ab2
    Jul 25, 2017 at 2:53
  • @ab2 Now posted as answer. Hope it's enough... Jul 28, 2017 at 14:34

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