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sparing

adjective

Simple Definition of sparing

  • : not using or giving a lot of something

Full Definition of sparing

  1. 1 :  marked by or practicing careful restraint (as in the use of resources)

  2. 2 :  meager, bare <the map is sparing of information>

spar·ing·lyplay adverb

Examples of sparing

  1. <a sparing couple who are trying to save up enough for a house>

  2. <a government agency that has always been sparing of public information>



14th Century

First Known Use of sparing

14th century

Synonym Discussion of sparing

sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical mean careful in the use of one's money or resources. sparing stresses abstention and restraint <sparing in the offering of advice>. frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle <ran a frugal household>. thrifty stresses good management and industry <thrifty use of nonrenewable resources>. economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage <an economical health-care plan>.


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