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sparing

[ spair-ing ]
/ ˈspɛər ɪŋ /
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adjective

economical (often followed by in or of).
lenient or merciful.

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Origin of sparing

A Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at spare, -ing2
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British Dictionary definitions for sparing

sparing
/ (ˈspɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

(sometimes foll by with or of) economical or frugal (with)
scanty; meagre
merciful or lenient
sparingly, adverbsparingness, noun
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