selten

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German seltan. Cognate with English seldom.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɛltn̩/, /ˈzɛltən/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

selten (comparative seltener or seltner, superlative am seltensten)

  1. rare, infrequent
  2. unusual

Usage notes[edit]

The contracted comparative seltner is per se rare, but is occasionally used in predicative position: ein noch seltneres Phänomen − "an ever rarer phenomenon". This is done to avoid the three consecutive reduced syllables in selteneres etc.

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Adverb[edit]

selten

  1. seldom, rarely

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