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 for occasional
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Occasional \Oc*ca"sion*al\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n*al), a. [Cf. F.
     occasionnel.]
     1. Occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or
        systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or
        admits; casual; incidental; as, occasional remarks, or
        efforts.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The . . . occasional writing of the present times.
                                                    --Bagehot.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Produced by accident; as, the occasional origin of a
        thing. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; intended
        for a specific occasion; for use only when needed, and not
        regularly.
        [PJC]
  
     Occasional cause (Metaph.), some circumstance preceding an
        effect which, without being the real cause, becomes the
        occasion of the action of the efficient cause; thus, the
        act of touching gunpowder with fire is the occasional, but
        not the efficient, cause of an explosion.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  occasional
      adj 1: occurring from time to time; "took an occasional glass of
             wine"
      2: occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals;
         "episodic in his affections"; "occasional headaches" [syn:
         episodic, occasional]
      3: occurring from time to time; "casual employment"; "a casual
         correspondence with a former teacher"; "an occasional worker"
         [syn: casual, occasional]
      4: recurring or reappearing from time to time; "periodic
         feelings of anxiety" [syn: periodic, occasional]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "occasional":
     accessory, accidental, accompanying, additional, ado, adventitious,
     afloat, afoot, aleatory, auxiliary, behind the scenes, by-the-way,
     casual, causal, causative, ceremonial, circumstantial, conditional,
     constitutive, contingent, current, decisive, determinative, doing,
     effectual, etiological, eventuating, extra, few, formative,
     going on, happening, in hand, in the wind, incidental, inessential,
     infrequent, institutive, intermittent, irregular, nonessential,
     occurring, odd, off, on, on foot, ongoing, originative,
     out-of-the-way, parenthetical, part-time, particular, passing,
     periodic, pivotal, prevailing, prevalent, provisional, random,
     rare, resultant, ritual, scarce, seldom, side, spare, special,
     sporadic, supplementary, taking place, uncommon, under way,
     unessential, unfrequent
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  OCCASIONAL, adj.  Afflicting us with greater or less frequency.  That,
  however, is not the sense in which the word is used in the phrase
  "occasional verses," which are verses written for an "occasion," such
  as an anniversary, a celebration or other event.  True, they afflict
  us a little worse than other sorts of verse, but their name has no
  reference to irregular recurrence.
  

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