Synonyms & Antonyms of sparing

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3 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable
  • unfortunately, the explanation of the health insurance plan was somewhat sparing on details

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present participle of spare

Synonyms & Antonyms of sparing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to use or give out in stingy amounts
  • I'll have a banana split—and don't spare the whipped cream

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2 to avoid unnecessary waste or expense
  • she had grown up during the Great Depression, so she was no stranger to sparing

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How is the word sparing distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of sparing are economical, frugal, and thrifty. While all these words mean "careful in the use of one's money or resources," sparing stresses abstention and restraint.

sparing in the offering of advice

When might economical be a better fit than sparing?

Although the words economical and sparing have much in common, economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage.

an economical health-care plan

When can frugal be used instead of sparing?

In some situations, the words frugal and sparing are roughly equivalent. However, frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle.

ran a frugal household

Where would thrifty be a reasonable alternative to sparing?

While in some cases nearly identical to sparing, thrifty stresses good management and industry.

thrifty use of nonrenewable resources

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The first known use of sparing was in the 14th century

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“Sparing.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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