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infrequent

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adjective in·fre·quent \(ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwənt\

Simple Definition of infrequent

  • : not happening often : not frequent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of infrequent

  1. 1 :  seldom happening or occurring :  rare

  2. 2 :  placed or occurring at wide intervals in space or time <a slope dotted with infrequent pines> <infrequent visits>

infrequently adverb

Examples of infrequent in a sentence

  1. We made infrequent stops along the way.

  2. <a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store>



Origin of infrequent

Latin infrequent-, infrequens, from in- + frequent-, frequens frequent


First Known Use: circa 1615

Synonym Discussion of infrequent

infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time <infrequent family visits>. uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation <smallpox is now uncommon in many countries>. scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance <jobs were scarce during the Depression>. rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value <rare first editions>. sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts <sporadic cases of influenza>.


INFREQUENT Defined for Kids

infrequent

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adjective in·fre·quent \in-ˈfrē-kwənt\

Definition of infrequent for Students

  1. 1 :  seldom happening :  rare

  2. 2 :  not placed, made, or done at frequent intervals <The bus made infrequent stops.>

infrequently adverb




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