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infrequent

[in-free-kwuh nt] /ɪnˈfri kwənt/
adjective
1.
happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely:
infrequent visits.
2.
not constant, habitual, or regular:
an infrequent visitor.
3.
not plentiful or many:
infrequent opportunities for advancement.
4.
far apart in space.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin infrequent- (stem of infrequēns). See in-3, frequent
Related forms
infrequently, adverb
Synonyms
1, 3. scarce, rare, uncommon.
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Examples for infrequently
  • Migration: relatively infrequently detected away from breeding sites.
  • They are typically large and strike any one spot infrequently, but can burn entire forests, leaving only charred stumps.
  • Firstly, fossil lagomorph diversity is reviewed all too infrequently in my opinion, so here are a few comments.
  • The gas plants that replace coal would idle infrequently.
  • Hallmark writing jobs are so agreeable that vacancies occur infrequently.
  • Such excesses have not infrequently attained to tragic madness.
  • Often he paid large prices for works of inferior quality, not infrequently for forgeries.
  • Yet beyond that it comes up infrequently and receives little attention.
  • One not infrequently hears of bride and groom not being on speaking terms with one another.
  • He would be fed infrequently and irregularly, and then only with thin, tasteless meals.
British Dictionary definitions for infrequently

infrequent

/ɪnˈfriːkwənt/
adjective
1.
rarely happening or present; only occasional
Derived Forms
infrequency, infrequence, noun
infrequently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infrequently

infrequent

adj.

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

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