in·​fre·​quent | \ (ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce infrequent (audio) \

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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infrequently adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web During that visit, the dealer also verified that our truck is running the latest infotainment software, which confirms that the infrequent but recurring hiccups aren't going away anytime soon. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Our Ram 1500 Shines as a Luxurious, Go-Anywhere Snow Machine," 28 Jan. 2020 Prescription drug abuse, as well as use of harder drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, remains infrequent, according to the survey. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "U.S. Teens Aren't Just Vaping Nicotine. Marijuana Use Is Also on the Rise," 18 Dec. 2019 Those occasions have been infrequent but impactful: Five of the six drives on which Ingold has rushed for a first down have yielded points for the Raiders. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders fullback Alec Ingold has excelled on short-yardage plays," 22 Nov. 2019 Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, said sudden visa cancellations are infrequent but not unprecedented. Los Angeles Times, "Iranian students were accepted to U.S. schools. Then their visas were revoked without explanation," 25 Sep. 2019 Proponents say the shot is a harmless procedure that prevents an infrequent but life-threatening condition called Vitamin K deficiency bleeding, which can occur in a baby’s brain or intestines during the first six months of life. Jeff Coen,, "Doctors took a newborn baby from her parents after they refused a vitamin K shot for her. Now the couple is suing the hospital and DCFS.," 24 Sep. 2019 And that doesn’t include our infrequent but major purchases of hardware from the Cupertino crew on an almost annual basis (with this laptop and its awesome circa-2014 keyboard aging, the rumored, new 16-inch MacBook Pro sounds enticing). Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "What’s in Your Wallet: Should You Get the Apple Credit Card?—Data Sheet," 5 Aug. 2019 These protests are not infrequent and are not limited to Moscow or St. Petersburg. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Putin Controls Russia," 23 Jan. 2020 O'Rourke suggested as much when asked recently about his not-infrequent dropping of f-bombs. Author: Mark Z. Barabak, Anchorage Daily News, "What the #%&@?! Trump and 2020 Democrats are cursing a blue streak," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of infrequent was in 1622

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16 Mar 2020

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“Infrequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of infrequent

: not happening often : not frequent


in·​fre·​quent | \ in-ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce infrequent (audio) \

Kids Definition of infrequent

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

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infrequently adverb

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