extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness.

Nearby words

  1. parser,
  2. parsha,
  3. parsifal,
  4. parsimonious,
  5. parsimoniously,
  6. parsis,
  7. parsley,
  8. parsley family,
  9. parsley fern,
  10. parsley piert

Origin of parsimony

1400–50; late Middle English parcimony < 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parsimony



extreme care or reluctance in spending; frugality; niggardliness
Derived Formsparsimonious (ˌpɑːsɪˈməʊnɪəs), adjectiveparsimoniously, adverb

Word Origin for parsimony

C15: from Latin parcimōnia, from parcere to spare

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Word Origin and History for parsimony



early 15c., from Latin parsimonia "sparingness, frugality, thrift," from pars-, past participle stem of parsi, perfect tense of parcere "to spare, save, refrain from, use moderately" (which is said to be unrelated to Latin parvus "small," parum "too little") + -monia, suffix signifying action, state, or condition.

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