in·fre·quent | \(ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwənt \

Definition of infrequent 

1 : seldom happening or occurring : rare

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

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Other Words from infrequent

infrequently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for infrequent


isolated, occasional, odd, rare, sporadic



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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

Examples of infrequent in a Sentence

We made infrequent stops along the way. a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store

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If the number of calls for State Police assistance on the islands is infrequent, arrests are downright rare. Todd Wallack,, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 But Kushner’s comments — a rarity in themselves, given his infrequent public appearances — came shortly after violence erupted at the Israel-Gaza border. Alana Abramson, Time, "Jared Kushner Says Palestinian Protestors Are 'Part of the Problem'," 14 May 2018 While human encounters with buzztails are not infrequent, pets are more likely to have unpleasant encounters that can be costly to treat and sometimes with disastrous results. Ernie Cowan,, "It's rattlesnake season in the county," 9 June 2018 For many people, these bouts of excessively loose, watery stools are blessedly infrequent. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, From Diarrhea to Beyond," 13 June 2018 Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William all wore the dress as infants too, but eventually even infrequent use proved too much of a hazard for the 163-year-old textile. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Prince Louis and Prince George Wore a Different Christening Gown Than Prince William," 9 July 2018 Some of the women in the group said their experiences with PERT officers have been very positive, but too infrequent. Gary Warth,, "For some parents of mentally ill, Laura's Law falls short," 11 June 2018 So infrequent were his trips home that his 3-year-old daughter once mistook another passenger for her father. Joseph Crespino, WSJ, "‘Deep South Dispatch’ Review: Witness to the Persecution," 10 July 2018 That will help get a handle on infrequent, but significant, leaks that constitute a bulk of methane emissions. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "Gas Industry Grapples with Culpability," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of infrequent

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infrequent

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

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English Language Learners Definition of infrequent

: not happening often : not frequent


in·fre·quent | \in-ˈfrē-kwənt \

Kids Definition of infrequent

1 : seldom happening : rare

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

Other Words from infrequent

infrequently adverb

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