in·​fre·​quen·​cy (ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwən(t)-sē How to pronounce infrequency (audio)
: rarity of occurrence

Examples of infrequency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the infrequency with which the Sox used that lever under Bloom represents a surprise. Alex Speier,, 15 Sep. 2023 The infrequency of those dips speaks to how well Baltimore has played with Mullins on the roster. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 31 May 2023 But due to its relative infrequency in the West compared to other types, such as breast, cervical and colon cancer, the United States does not routinely screen for gastric cancer. Angela Yang, NBC News, 17 Mar. 2023 Robust insurance protections for bank deposits and the infrequency of bank failures afford security for account holders, making deposits safe even as the industry undergoes turmoil, experts told ABC News. Max Zahn, ABC News, 15 Mar. 2023 More significant has been the infrequency of situations where the game hinges on a single pitch; the Red Sox’ ability to blow out opponents resulted in just 79 high-leverage plate appearances since May 10, 17th in the big leagues. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 Amid the rise in anti-Asian attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic, some Asian Americans have complained about the infrequency of hate crimes charges. Jeong Parkstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 But their infrequency can make the process painful, Gago argues. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 If my youth is an indication, worse than infrequency of use is the purpose to which living rooms are put. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of infrequency was in 1677

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“Infrequency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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