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modicum

[mod-i-kuh m, moh-di-]
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noun
  1. a moderate or small amount: He hasn't even a modicum of common sense.
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Origin of modicum

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, noun use of neuter of modicus moderate, equivalent to modi-, combining form of modus limit (see mode1) + -cus adj. suffix
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modicum

noun
  1. a small amount or portion
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin: a little way, from modicus moderate
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Word Origin and History for modicum

n.

"small quantity or portion," late 15c., Scottish, from Latin modicum "a little," noun use of neuter of modicus "moderate, having a proper measure; ordinary, scanty, small, few," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (n.1)).

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