infrequent

adjective
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 If Buckley is campaigned in supporting, there could be a scenario that finds both of the women nominated, which is not infrequent happening in the supporting categories. Clayton Davis, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Neighbors have provided pillows, mattress pads and food for the women, and complaints have been infrequent. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 But this year the long ball has been too infrequent up and down the lineup. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2021 Determining a sentence Because prosecution under the riot act is so infrequent, there are no applicable sentencing guidelines, according to one of Subleski's sentencing memoranda. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 28 July 2021 In general, traveling by car is likely to be safer, with exposures limited to infrequent rest stops and short meal breaks. CNN, 27 July 2021 In general, traveling by car is likely to be safer, with exposures limited to infrequent rest stops and short meal breaks. William C. Miller, Quartz, 27 July 2021 In general, traveling by car is likely to be safer, with exposures limited to infrequent rest stops and short meal breaks. William C. Miller, The Conversation, 26 July 2021 An intermediate alert level indicates moderate community transmission with some undetected cases and infrequent outbreaks, while a high alert level means widespread community spread and frequent outbreaks. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Infrequent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infrequent. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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infrequent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infrequent

: not happening often : not frequent

infrequent

adjective
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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