Can 数々 be either 【かずかず】or 【しばしば】?

The websites j-talk.com and jisho.org both analyze the reading of the following sentence similarly:


Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there have been numerous reports of hate crimes against Asians in New York City. (translation by deepl.com)


However, the following reading is also listed in jisho.org and Jim Breen's wwwjdic:

数々 【しばしば】often; again and again; frequently; repeatedly

However, there is only the 【かずかず】reading here:


Can 数々 be read as 【しばしば】?


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Short answer is yes, you can compare several dictionaries here.

For example, 精選版 日本国語大辞典 has


〔副〕 (副詞「しば(屡)」を重ねたもの) たびたび。しきりに。幾度も。何回となく。

So apparently even 数 alone can be used for しばしば.

I think using 数々 for しばしば is rather rare, most of the time hiragana is used. I have seen 屡/屡々 in older novels, but never 数々.

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