- a moderate or small amount: He hasn't even a modicum of common sense.
Origin of modicum
Related Wordsshred, iota, ounce, speck, dash, touch, whit, trifle, little, minim, scrap, fraction, inch, jot, fragment, molecule, atom, mite, crumb, particle
Examples from the Web for modicum
The U.S. government should expedite their cases while showing some modicum of flexibility in reviewing their documentation.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
If I am dressed “modestly,” then they can perhaps generate a modicum of understanding.
Robbie was rejected by his brothers and sisters, and only his mother showed a modicum of sympathy.LGBT Asylum Seekers Need America More Than Ever
June 29, 2014
Jobs must have had at least a modicum of decency, or he never would have called the Rose family in the first place.Murdered for Her iPhone
May 8, 2014
He has failed to give Texans even the modicum of respect required to actively scam them.Good Riddance to Steve Stockman, the Grifter Congressman Who Ran for Senate
March 4, 2014
And these lucubrations accomplished, we daresay, their modicum of harm.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
It was a stone that would please any woman with plenty of money and a modicum of taste.The Paliser case
Certainly, of this modicum of time you cannot afford to waste any portion.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford
Fortunately the landlord was a man with some modicum of common sense.The Motor Pirate
George Sidney Paternoster
If we chose to grow only partridges henceforth, and a modicum of wheat for our own uses?Past and Present
- a small amount or portion
Word Origin and History for modicum
"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)).