in·​fre·​quen·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwən(t)-sē How to pronounce infrequency (audio) \

Definition of infrequency

: rarity of occurrence

Examples of infrequency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the intensity of his self-possession is obvious to anyone who has ever met Buttigieg: the absolute self-control, the infrequency of gaffes, the unwillingness to let the mask slip, even among his closest and most intimate friends. Time, "How Pete Buttigieg's Sexuality Shaped His Campaign," 3 Feb. 2020 Even though Hogan has been more lenient than any governor in a generation, the infrequency with which inmates recommended for release are granted freedom has criminal-justice activists agitating anew for change. Arkansas Online, "Maryland governor frees 2 ‘lifers’ early," 1 Dec. 2019 Even though Hogan has been more lenient than any governor in a generation, the infrequency with which inmates recommended for release are granted freedom has criminal justice reformers agitating anew for change. Washington Post, "Gov. Larry Hogan granted parole to people sentenced as teenagers, rekindling calls for parole reform," 30 Nov. 2019 What’s important, though, is that his career-best shooting wasn’t some fluke of infrequency. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 And that was the consensus: President Trump's behavior is getting worse in type and infrequency. Brian Stelter, CNN, "The hardest Trump story for the press to cover: His fitness for the job," 25 Aug. 2019 For awhile, Erin and I kept in touch, writing emails made all the more intense by their infrequency. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 Another way: The infrequency of exchanging players. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chivas and former Club America star Oribe Peralta play River Plate at SDCCU Stadium," 27 June 2019 Dozier's lawyers argued that Nevada doesn't frequently apply the death penalty and that infrequency makes the state more at risk to make a mistake. David Montero,, "Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments for using untested paralytic drug in death penalty case," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of infrequency

1677, in the meaning defined above

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“Infrequency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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