Examples of seldom in a Sentence
- Employers also say that foreign-born workers tend to work harder, be more reliable, and complain less than the natives they can hire at the same wage. This is not surprising. Unskilled immigrants have seldom finished secondary school, but they have overcome all kinds of obstacles both to get here and to stay here. —Christopher Jencks, New York Review of Books, 27 Sept. 2007
- "The pervasive theme is rebellion." Laurel Thatcher Ulrich begins her new book, "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History," struggling to explain—understand—the appeal of an aside she made in the spring 1976 issue of an academic journal, a comment that has become a popular slogan printed on T-shirts and coffee mugs and bumper stickers, usually without her permission and often without attribution. —Kathryn Harrison, New York Times Book Review, 30 Sept. 2007
- Kangaroo rats belong to a North American family of rodents well known for living in arid habitats, where they forage almost exclusively for seeds. They seldom have access to drinking water, but instead get most of their moisture from digesting the seeds. —Michael A. Mares, Natural History, November 2003
We seldom go to the movies.
This type of turtle seldom grows over four inches in length.
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Rockwell's sauntering physicality and goofy insouciance have seldom been put to better use.
Promissory notes are seldom recorded, because the lien interest (deed of trust) is recorded to reflect the lien.
There is plenty of evidence that NAFTA has been good for the U.S. but in blasting it, Trump took up a line of thinking that has long been a Democratic argument in the industrial Midwest but one seldom heard from Republicans.
One key advantage congressional hearings can have is their potential to reach a broad public, something that special prosecutors, who endeavor to conduct their investigations in secret, seldom do.
For-profit students seldom bring their credits elsewhere.
Massachusetts vies to become the 20th on the list, but these laws seem seldom used.
This was a slice of Powder Blue heaven that many San Diegans yearned for but seldom received in recent years.
And yet, remarkably, the same thing—a secure electronic handshake between computers on different networks—seldom happens in our health systems.
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Origin and Etymology of seldom
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsinfrequently, little, rarely, once in a blue moon
Antonymsfrequently, oft, often, oftentimes (or ofttimes)
Related Wordsne'er, never; episodically, irregularly, now and then, occasionally, sometimes, sporadically
Near Antonymscustomarily, generally, habitually, ordinarily, routinely, usually; always, constantly, continually, continuously, endlessly, eternally, ever, everlastingly, evermore, forever, invariably, perennially, perpetually, unceasingly; chronically, recurrently, repeatedly
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