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 At this point, the police killings of Black men in the US have tended to produce a sickening cycle of familiarity, from the infrequency with which officers are held accountable to the angry protests that follow. Andy Meek, Forbes, "The Associated Press Published A Moving Obituary For Daunte Wright, Focused On His Humanity," 15 Apr. 2021 The infrequency of balls put in play robs the game of some of its most exciting elements, including base stealing and standout defensive plays. Alex Speier,, "Minor leagues will try out some experimental rules to improve flow of game, including larger bases in Triple-A," 12 Mar. 2021 Prosecutors and police work together on criminal cases and have traditionally been political allies, one reason for the infrequency of charges against officers. Bob Egelko,, "After George Floyd killing, prosecutions of police increase. How will jurors react?," 17 Dec. 2020 The infrequency of the Browns' visits to North Texas, as well as the team’s winning record (also infrequent), surely contribute to the rising ticket prices. Dallas News, "Cowboys-Browns a much hotter ticket than the home opener at AT&T Stadium," 1 Oct. 2020 Jared Ali, an entomologist at the University of Delaware, told USA TODAY that pink grasshoppers are commonly believed to be a recessive trait, hence its infrequency in the wild. Amanda O'donnell And Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Toddler finds rare pink grasshopper in Texas backyard," 20 Feb. 2020 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

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1677, in the meaning defined above

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21 Apr 2021

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“Infrequency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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