adjective Etymology: Latin infrequent-, infrequens, from in- + frequent-, frequens frequent Date: circa 1615 1. seldom happening or occurring ; rare 2. placed or occurring at wide intervals in space or time <
a slope scattered with infrequent pines
infrequent visits
infrequently adverb Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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