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[in-free-kwuh n-see]
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  1. state of being infrequent.
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Also in·fre·quence.

Origin of infrequency

First recorded in 1590–1600, infrequency is from the Latin word infrequentia fewness. See infrequent, -ency
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Historical Examples

  • The number was varied by the frequency or infrequency of the severer headaches.

    Opium Eating


  • Complains of the infrequency and delay of despatches from Mr Adams.

  • The infrequency of their appearance marks the lateness and backwardness of our spring.


    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Production norms under the system have been low because of technological advances and the infrequency of adjustment of norms.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • It's truth's infrequency which makes her so charming and refreshing.

    The Puppet Crown

    Harold MacGrath

Word Origin and History for infrequency


c.1600, from Latin infrequentia "a small number, thinness, scantiness," noun of quality from infrequentem (see infrequent). Related: Infrequence (1640s).

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