frugality

[froo-gal-i-tee]

noun

the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness: Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.

Also fru·gal·ness [froo-guh l-nis] /ˈfru gəl nɪs/.
Related formsnon·fru·gal·i·ty, nouno·ver·fru·gal·i·ty, nounun·fru·gal·i·ty, noun
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Word Origin and History for frugality
n.

1530s, from Middle French frugalité (14c.), from Latin frugalitatem (nominative frugalitas) "thriftiness, temperance, frugality," from frugalis (see frugal).

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