Definition of parsimony
1a : the quality of being careful with money or resources : thrift the necessity of wartime parsimonyb : the quality or state of being stingy The charity was surprised by the parsimony of some larger corporations.
2 : economy in the use of means to an end; especially : economy of explanation in conformity with Occam's razor the scientific law of parsimony dictates that any example of animal behavior should be interpreted at its simplest, most immediate level — Peter Gorner
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
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Origin and Etymology of parsimony
Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parsus, past participle of parcere to spare
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of parsimony for English Language Learners
: the quality of being very unwilling to spend money
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