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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 oc·ca·sion·al /-ˈkeʒnəl, ˈkeʒənḷ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Oc·ca·sion·al a.
 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.
    The . . . occasional writing of the present times.   --Bagehot.
 2. Produced by accident; as, the occasional origin of a thing. [Obs.]
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: occurring from time to time; "took an occasional glass of
             wine" [syn: occasional(a)]
      2: occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals;
         "episodic in his affections"; "occasional headaches" [syn:
      3: employed in a specified capacity from time to time; "casual
         employment"; "a casual correspondence with a former
         teacher"; "an occasional worker" [syn: casual]