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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 of infrequent
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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  • Whatever the source of the poison may be, it is quite powerful, and death not infrequently results.

  • Not infrequently it occurs that a person who has paid to get in pays twice as much to get out.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Vicious companions not infrequently sow the seeds of evil habits far and wide, contaminating all who come within their influence.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • A useful functionary, not infrequently found editing a newspaper.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Not infrequently the thought of one division differs considerably from the thought of the next.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
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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