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Is there an adjective that means "every other day"? I found "bidaily" but it seems to mean "twice a day", not "every second day" (not even both as "biweekly" does).

I'd need this word to very concisely describe a questionnaire by its issuing frequency.

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What’s wrong with “every other day”? –  tchrist Feb 23 '13 at 20:40
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Or perhaps "on alternate days"? –  Oliver Mason Feb 23 '13 at 20:45
    
@tchrist I'd very much prefer a one-word solution. And "every-other-day" isn't much help. "The every-other-day questionnaire" ... it feels really cumbersome. And it doesn't fit in a small table cell :/ –  Christian Feb 23 '13 at 21:48
    
@Christian in that case I'd probably go for alternating questionnaire, but that might also not fit 100% in your context. If you need a short phrase, you will have to cut some corners somewhere. –  Oliver Mason Feb 23 '13 at 22:17

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There is no one word. The best you can do is "alternate day." An alternate day questionnaire is a questionnaire that appears every other day.

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Sounds quite ok, despite being two words :) Thanks! –  Christian Mar 6 '13 at 21:33

There would be two sords: semidaily and bidaily. If you think one of them means twice a day, then you should think the other means every other day.

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I don't think anything. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bidaily That word is already hard to find in dictionaries. "Semidaily" is almost nonexistent outside Urban Dictionary. You don't seem very sure yourself if I might say so. –  Christian Feb 23 '13 at 21:52
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When you ask for nonexistent words, you may get strange answers. –  GEdgar Feb 24 '13 at 1:07
    
Oh, I thought I might get the answer "Sorry, there is no such word in the English language" which is not at all strange. If you read my question carefully, you might notice that I asked in fact for the very existence of such a word. I got downvoted nonetheless which I in turn find strange. –  Christian Feb 24 '13 at 13:44
    
Semi- is half, so semi-daily means on the half-days. The OED says it means twice a day, which is the same thing. –  tchrist Mar 6 '13 at 12:24
    
@tchrist Isn't that the whole "biannually" debate again? Yes, semiannually seems to mean "twice a year" for almost everyone. But biannually maddeningly means the same thing to many, while it means "every other year" for others. –  Christian Mar 23 '13 at 12:03

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