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parsimony

[ pahr-suh-moh-nee ]
/ ˈpɑr səˌmoʊ ni /
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noun
extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; miserliness.
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Origin of parsimony

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimōnia, parcimōnia “frugality, thrift,” equivalent to parsi- (combining form of parsus, past participle of parcere “to economize”) or parci- (combining form of parcus “sparing”) + -mōnia -mony
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British Dictionary definitions for parsimony

parsimony
/ (ˈpɑːsɪmənɪ) /

noun
extreme care or reluctance in spending; frugality; niggardliness

Derived forms of parsimony

parsimonious (ˌpɑːsɪˈməʊnɪəs), adjectiveparsimoniously, adverb

Word Origin for parsimony

C15: from Latin parcimōnia, from parcere to spare
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