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infrequent

[in-free-kwuh nt]
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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.
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Origin of infrequent

First recorded in 1525–35, infrequent is from the Latin word infrequent- (stem of infrequēns). See in-3, frequent
Related formsin·fre·quent·ly, adverb

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1, 3. scarce, rare, uncommon.
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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.

  • Still, their friendship got no further than these infrequent visits.


British Dictionary definitions for infrequent

infrequent

adjective
  1. rarely happening or present; only occasional
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Derived Formsinfrequency or infrequence, nouninfrequently, 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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