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or infrequence

[in-free-kwuh n-see] /ɪnˈfri kwən si/
state of being infrequent.
Origin of infrequency
1590-1600; < Latin infrequentia fewness. See infrequent, -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He shall not regret the infrequency of his inspirations, for he will know that the day of his strength has set in.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • Complains of the infrequency and delay of despatches from Mr Adams.

  • She put the infrequency of Philip's appearances at Storm down to the same cause.

    Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Production norms under the system have been low because of technological advances and the infrequency of adjustment of norms.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • This was no doubt due to the infrequency of extension of the comminuted fractures beyond the junction of diaphysis and epiphysis.

  • It's truth's infrequency which makes her so charming and refreshing.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • The real cause of his concern being, I suspected, the infrequency with which his cash register tinkled.

    The Holes and John Smith Edward W. Ludwig
  • I have before mentioned the irregularity and infrequency of the mails.

    Pioneering in Cuba James Meade Adams
  • The infrequency of his visits to her of late, and something in his manner, made her uneasy and a little bitter.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The infrequency of her walks made them the chief events of her life.

    Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
Word Origin and History for infrequency

c.1600, from Latin infrequentia "a small number, thinness, scantiness," noun of quality from infrequentem (see infrequent). Related: Infrequence (1640s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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