Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic of being infrequent; rarity; irregularity; scarcity.
  • n. The state of being unfrequented; isolation; seclusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being infrequent or of rarely occurring; uncommonness; rareness.
  • n. The state of being little frequented; seclusion; solitude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. noteworthy scarcity

Etymologies

Latin infrequentia scantiness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After all, since churches risk losing their tax-exempt status for engaging in express advocacy on behalf of a partisan cause but not advocating for or against nonpartisan ballot initiatives, perhaps we should not be surprised by the infrequency of politicking over the pulpit.

    American Grace

  • CNN reports the special tournament called the "The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau" a legendary lifeguard and surfer has only been held seven times in 26 years due to the infrequency of adequate waves.

    Huge Pacific storm to bring high surf to Hawaii

  • Terrorists were a victim of their own success on 9/11; I think a big factor in the nonexistence/infrequency of attacks on American soil is that they feel like it has to be an impressive attack.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Conservative Terror Timeline

  • Is it possible to see a misguided trajectory in certain of the developments, e.g., the silent recitation of the Canon of the Mass, infrequency of reception of holy communion, the retention of Latin?

    Critiquing the critics

  • Beyond the infrequency just from a regional perspective, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about a total solar eclipse simply as a natural phenomenon.

    Global Voices in English » The Sun went out over Japan recently.

  • But it is important to also be aware of its relative infrequency.

    Joshua Stanton: The Destructive Nature Of The Muslim Radicalization Hearings

  • But for the units on the ground that have to keep fighting, the impact of friendly fire is no less debilitating for its infrequency.

    A Marine's Death by Friendly Fire Haunts Afghanistan Outpost

  • You should be proud of this tradition and instead of pouring opprobrium upon those who wish to highlight the shortfall in the usually high standards of those constabularies, you should be welcoming this scrutiny for a sign of what it is, a reaction to the unusualness of the footage, a reaction of shock at the infrequency that violence towards the public is actually used.

    Diversity In Action (or ‘inaction’ if you prefer) « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The minor downsides are the relative infrequency (every 30 minutes outside peak times) and the inexplicable fact that it stops dead at 8pm every night.

    Finding Cheap Airport Transfers From Australian Airports | Lifehacker Australia

  • Despite the overall infrequency of opinions in which plaintiffs actually presented survey evidence, the court drew an adverse inference against the plaintiff for failure to submit survey evidence showing actual confusion in 13 opinions of our set of 139 preliminary injunction and bench trial opinions ....

    Archive 2009-07-01

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