unfrequency

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From unfrequent +‎ -cy.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: un‧fre‧quen‧cy

Noun[edit]

unfrequency (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The state of being unfrequent; infrequency.
    • 1761, Gilbert Burnet, Thoughts on Education[1], London: D. Wilson, page 44:
      The unfrequency of the exercising boyes in versions and translations, is also a great error: for this will be found a better mean to inure them to Latine than either grammaires, lessons, or confabulations.
    • 1770, Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, London: J. Dodsley, page 48:
      These circumstances, I mean the constant habit of authority, and the unfrequency of elections, have tended very much to draw the House of Commons towards the character of a standing Senate.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XIII, in Mansfield Park, volume III, London: T[homas] Egerton, OCLC 39810224, pages 238–239:
      I was three weeks in London, and saw her (for London) very often. I had every attention from the Frasers that could be reasonably expected. I dare say I was not reasonable in carrying with me hopes of an intercourse at all like that of Mansfield. It was her manner, however, rather than any unfrequency of meeting.
    • 1828, Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapter IV, in Fanshawe[2]:
      No demand had that day been made upon the hospitality of the Hand and Bottle; and the landlord was just then murmuring at the unfrequency of employment.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for unfrequency in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)