parsimony

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noun par·si·mo·ny \ˈpär-sə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of parsimony

  1. 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. 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

  1. The charity was surprised by the parsimony of some larger corporations.

  2. 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


PARSIMONY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of parsimony for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being very unwilling to spend money



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