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infrequent

in·fre·quent

infrequent

 
pronunciation:
ihn fri kwnt
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening seldom or at long intervals.
infrequent earthquakes
synonyms:
irregular, periodic
antonyms:
frequent
similar words:
casual, intermittent, occasional, rare, sporadic, uncommon
definition 2: not happening regularly or habitually; occasional.
an infrequent quarrel
synonyms:
occasional
antonyms:
frequent, habitual
similar words:
casual, rare, sporadic, uncommon, uncustomary, unusual
definition 3: small in number or widely spaced.
infrequent towns along a desert highway
synonyms:
sparse
similar words:
few and far between, scant, scarce
derivations: infrequently (adv.), infrequency (n.)
Word Parts
The word infrequent contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.