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modicum

[ mod-i-kuhm, moh-di- ]
/ ˈmɒd ɪ kəm, ˈmoʊ dɪ- /
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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for modicum

modicum
/ (ˈmɒdɪkəm) /

noun

a small amount or portion

Word Origin for modicum

C15: from Latin: a little way, from modicus moderate
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