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infrequent

[in-free-kwuh nt] /ɪnˈfri kwənt/
adjective
1.
happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely:
infrequent visits.
2.
not constant, habitual, or regular:
an infrequent visitor.
3.
not plentiful or many:
infrequent opportunities for advancement.
4.
far apart in space.
Origin of infrequent
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35, infrequent is from the Latin word infrequent- (stem of infrequēns). See in-3, frequent
Related forms
infrequently, adverb
Synonyms
1, 3. scarce, rare, uncommon.
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Examples from the Web for infrequent
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  • Such "datives of manner or respect" are not infrequent with adj.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • So altogether effective a weapon should never rust from infrequent use!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Of the infrequent visitors who came thither, none knelt or prayed.

  • I had become a not infrequent visitor to the Level of the Free Women.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Still, their friendship got no further than these infrequent visits.

British Dictionary definitions for infrequent

infrequent

/ɪnˈfriːkwənt/
adjective
1.
rarely happening or present; only occasional
Derived Forms
infrequency, infrequence, noun
infrequently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infrequent
adj.

1530s, from Latin infrequentem (nominative infrequens) "occurring seldom, unusual," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + frequens (see frequent). Related: Infrequently.

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