Fitful vs Recurrent - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between fitful and recurrent
is that fitful
is irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits while recurrent
is recurrent; recurring.
Irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
*1605 , Shakespeare, Macbeth ,
- His breathing was fitful .
- [...] Duncan is in his grave;
*:The cabin lamp—taking long swings this way and that— was burning fitfully, and casting fitful shadows upon the old man’s bolted door [...]
*2012 , The Economist,
- After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
The economy: Don’t say “green shoots”
*:So fitful has Britain’s economy been that any good news is understandably snatched at.
Recurring time after time.
(mathematics, stochastic processes, of a state) non-transient.
Running back toward its origin.
- The patient complained of recurrent chest pain.
- a recurrent nerve or artery
* (math) persistent