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 parsimony>b :  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>

Origin and Etymology of parsimony

Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parsus, past participle of parcere to spare


First Known Use: 15th century


PARSIMONY Defined for English Language Learners

parsimony

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noun par·si·mo·ny \ˈpär-sə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of parsimony for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being very unwilling to spend money



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