[ adverb ] not often




"we rarely met"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

But marriage experts say that such mutual contribution and mutual joy are seldom achieved .

Family survival on our own Western frontier , for_example , could quite literally depend_on a man 's strength and ability to bring_home_the_bacon ; and the dependent wife seldom questioned his judgment about anything , including the marriage bed .

(Dan McLachlan, Jr., "Communication Networks and...)

Questions and , particularly , exclamations are usually channeled along informal , horizontal lines not indicated in Figure 3 and seldom are carried beyond the nearest neighbor .

(The Family Fallout Shelter. Office of Civil and Defence...)

These blocks are sold in various sizes so it seldom is necessary to cut a block to fit .

(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)

The content of his words may lapse back into monotonous repetition , as if a phonograph_needle were stuck in one groove ; only seldom is it so simple as to be a matter of his obviously parroting some timeworn axiom , common to our culture , which he has evidently heard , over_and_over , from a parent until he experiences it as part of him .

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