Like daily = every day and monthly = every month, does decadally = every ten days exist?

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    Related question on EL&U. – Glorfindel Dec 23 '16 at 15:32
  • @Glorfindel I'm searching for the adverb, not the noun, however I see that an answer of that question says tri-monthly or thrice-monthly, I'll use one of those, thank you! – CarLaTeX Dec 23 '16 at 15:41
  • There are hundreds of written instances of decadally in Google Books, but to be honest I'd rather just push the envelope a bit and use the common-as-muck adjectival form ten yearly adverbially. – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '16 at 18:10
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    @FumbleFingers The OP is asking for every ten days not years. Years would be "decennially", though that too is obscure. – Kys Dec 23 '16 at 18:11
  • @FumbleFingers We produce some files on 10th, 20th and at the end of every month and we call them "decadali" in Italian, but I need the correspondent of the adverb "decadalmente". – CarLaTeX Dec 23 '16 at 18:15

There is no single word or phrase that means "every ten days", unless you want to get picturesque and primitive and say something like "every two hands of days". Also remember that you want to use a common phrase that everyone will immediately recognize, so "every 10 days" is your best bet.

But that doesn't apply to all time periods. For fun here is a list of the names of various lengths of time, although it doesn't include compound terms like "bi-weekly" or "every other year", and a few others like "sesquicentennial" (150-year anniversary of something).

  • Isn't thrice-monthly acceptable? My sentence is ... three different periodicities: daily, thrice-monthly and monthly. – CarLaTeX Dec 23 '16 at 18:26
  • "Thrice-monthly" isn't "every 10 days", though. What about February? – Andrew Dec 23 '16 at 18:36
  • We produce some files on 10th, 20th and at the end of every month and we call them "decadali" in Italian, see my comment to my question above. – CarLaTeX Dec 23 '16 at 18:38
  • The issue I take with "thrice monthly" is that it does not suggest that the event will happen at regular intervals, only that it will happen three times over the course of a month. If something happens twice in the first week and also near the end of each month, it happens thrice monthly, but not every ten days. – Alpha Draconis Dec 24 '16 at 6:05

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