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SYN: infrequent, by chance, accidental, unplanned, unarranged, unintended

Definition: showing little interest or concern; not serious or thorough

Example:
"One difficulty in writing for a course is that it's hard to think of the reader of our essays as an audience. Our instructor might, in fact, be our sole reader, somebody who will pack a pile of papers into a briefcase or backpack and take them home to read on the kitchen table, correcting pen in hand. (Or nowadays, he or she may read them online or take home a stack of floppy discs and read the papers on a computer monitor.) In fact, that person has to read those essays, whether they're good or bad; he or she is even paid to do so."

Explanation:
This excerpt illustrates a casual tone by presenting itself as to what an instructor goes through everyday to grade papers written by students. By providing an informal way of writing in order to convey what an instructor goes through helps the reader of this passage to understand it efficiently and comfortably, without being confused and indignant with prestigious vocabularies. By emphasizing "nowadays" help intensify the casual meaning of how it provokes its meaning as a present tense adjective describing the time that one is doing something, and in this case, it simply conveys a common and general "job" of what an instructor goes through as he/she grade numerous of papers.
 

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