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You’d be surprised how infrequently I get something I truly want."
Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  not frequent; i.e., not occurring at regular short intervals
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infrequent infrequently infrequency infrequence
Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, infrequent means not frequent.
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  • You’d be surprised how infrequently I get something I truly want."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Gradually, their visits became shorter and more infrequent.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Rabid wolves sometimes walk blindly into speeding automobiles and trains; they have come stumbling in among entire teams of Huskies and have been torn to pieces as a result; and not infrequently they have wandered into village streets and have even entered tents or houses occupied by men.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • But the other street children made me unspeakably nervous, so I visited infrequently, only when I was in desperate need of help, or when I had something to share.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • I can’t help but notice, too, that beyond the expansive parking lot to my right, there sits the bulbous, tri-domed structure of the Ebbington Center Mall, its stucco facade stained dark along the top in large, creeping patches, the spindly trees infrequent in the mulched-bark landscaping, the whole thing looking weathered and faintly marine, floating in its blacktop sea.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Father knew nothing of the curse and saw me too infrequently to issue many commands.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • They called infrequently and, eventually, stopped communicating altogether.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • For me it was a paralyzingly awkward moment, one that appears now and then throughout life, though with merciful infrequency.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I wondered whether this was Jamie’s idea of marriage; separate lives, joining only infrequently for the breeding of children.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It seemed that he had only infrequently attended school, and those of the very poorest sort; out in the desolate places where his dad worked, often there were no schools for him to go to.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • I thought of her infrequently.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • She hardly ever came out of it, though customer visits were infrequent.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He always did, and losses were infrequent now.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • He spent the entire morning observing the infrequent comings and goings in the street.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • The big infrequent drops of rain lanced down and splashed on the road, and as the truck moved along, the drops became smaller and closer.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Now that they had a secure hiding-place, almost a home, it did not even seem a hardship that they could only meet infrequently and for a couple of hours at a time.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Not infrequently is health itself destroyed by over-stimulating the mind.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Those big blue eyes and the luminous, infrequent smiles reminded her of someone she couldn’t name.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Chapter 1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Jacques and I saw each other only very infrequently, and always in the most secret of settings… under the protection of the Priory.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Hasina had told Laila, in one of her infrequent serious moments, that it had already been decided that she would marry a first cousin who was twenty years older than her and owned an auto shop in Lahore.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Here, indeed, in the sable simplicity that generally characterised the Puritanic modes of dress, there might be an infrequent call for the finer productions of her handiwork.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They were insignificant; still, in a district where laurels were infrequent, they might shine.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The gentle Anne makes infrequent appearances, and she’s not about to let herself be shoved out the door so soon after she’s arrived.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Then the wife who had been so charming and ready to smile changed into a silent shadow that played infrequently along the walls.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The men rode and ran by turn, and the dogs were kept on the jump, with but infrequent stoppages.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Rosalind and I met infrequently and very discreetly.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • My naked feet touched the ground so infrequently now it felt more like flying than running.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Lewis had forgotten there even was a television in that room, it was so infrequently used.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Not infrequently during their visits, Franz recalls, McCandless’s face would darken with anger and he’d fulminate about his parents or politicians or the endemic idiocy of mainstream American life.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He could hear the thoughts of people and animals-and communicate with them in that manner if he chose to-but it was something he had done infrequently except with Saphira.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • They had met before, on infrequent occasions, and she found it strange to see Dagny Taggart wearing an evening gown.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The reflection of the flames, still infrequent, glowed here and there in the sky.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • During the winter months there was no stage between Starkfield and Bettsbridge, and the trains which stopped at Corbury Flats were slow and infrequent.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • [1] Such criminals were not infrequently punished by being set, head downwards, in a hole in which they were buried alive.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • But not infrequently his business clients would drag in private problems that had a tendency to create unwelcome turmoil.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • That they’d been dating regularly for the past month or two amazed him, even if their relationship was limited mostly to infrequent meetings like this one.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The informer, Floyd Wells, might easily have invented his story; such tale-telling was not infrequently undertaken by prisoners who hoped to win favor or attract official notice.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • It was very dark indeed in the wood, for the lightning was now becoming infrequent, and the hail, which was pouring down in a torrent, fell in columns through the gaps in the heavy foliage.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • His furtive, infrequent urges drew him to the young, slim, full-bosomed, brainless girls—the giggling little waitresses, the lisping manicurists, the less efficient stenographers, the kind who wore pink or orchid dresses and little hats on the back of their heads with gobs of blond curls in front.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • With their greater infrequency the sounds increased in strength and sharpness.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • He moved on, aimlessly, and in a little while the houses thinned, and the passers-by were infrequent.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Obasan keeps his infrequent letters in her jewel box.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Rosemary listened, caught sharply by the rich clipped voice in infrequent speech: "The poor man," Nicole exclaimed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • In my head, I went through the conversation again…… Renee and I ambled along the sidewalk, trying to stay in the range of the infrequent palm tree shadows.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He rode the trains very infrequently, for there was a growing anger against tramps, based on the angry violence of the I.W.W. and aggravated by the fierce reprisals against them.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It was fortunate for his work during the winter that those moments of ecstasy came infrequently.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • She had tried to seduce the good priest who heard her infrequent confessions because she felt sorry for him.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The truth was, Keith didn’t want full custody any more than she wanted him to have it, and over the years, they’d worked out an unspoken solution: Keith would have Ben as infrequently as possible, but enough to keep Gramps happy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
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