what does the term 'fairly rarely' mean?

What is meant by the term 'fairly rarely'?

I know what rarely means,but what is this 'fairly rarely'?

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It means not very often.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The simplest explanation is seldom.

  • 1 month ago

    about midway between extremely rarely and not rare at all. fairly tends to be used to mean numerous enough (or important enough) to be noticeable but it is not dominant, not extreme.  middling; in the middle of the range that the thing being described could encompass.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In British English (not so much in American English) we like to qualify adjectives, thus we don't like to think of something happening 'rarely' - that sounds too stark.  'Fairly rarely', or 'moderately rarely', do just pull back a little from basic 'rarely'.

    You could also say: 'not very often', or 'infrequently'.

    'Fairly' is one of several adverbs and adjectives which 'soften' other adjectives and adverbs in British English. You will just have to get used to our feeble British way! 

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  • 1 month ago

    Another term would  be, 'generally uncommon'. 

    In other words it's happens much less than average.

    Source(s): Native American English speaker for 67 years.
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