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[in-free-kwuh nt] /ɪnˈfri kwənt/
happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely:
infrequent visits.
not constant, habitual, or regular:
an infrequent visitor.
not plentiful or many:
infrequent opportunities for advancement.
far apart in space.
Origin of infrequent
1525-35; < Latin infrequent- (stem of infrequēns). See in-3, frequent
Related forms
infrequently, adverb
1, 3. scarce, rare, uncommon. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for infrequently


rarely happening or present; only occasional
Derived Forms
infrequency, infrequence, noun
infrequently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infrequently



1530s, from Latin infrequentem (nominative infrequens) "occurring seldom, unusual," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + frequens (see frequent). Related: Infrequently.

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