Simple Definition of parsimony
: the quality of being very unwilling to spend money
Full Definition of parsimony
1 a : the quality of being careful with money or resources : thrift b : the quality or state of being stingy
2 : economy in the use of means to an end; especially : economy of explanation in conformity with Occam's razor
Examples of parsimony in a sentence
The charity was surprised by the parsimony of some larger corporations.
<her parsimony was so extreme that she'd walk five miles to the store to save a few cents on gas>
Origin and Etymology of parsimony
Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parsus, past participle of parcere to spare
First Known Use: 15th century
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