sparing

[ spair-ing ]
/ ˈspɛər ɪŋ /

adjective

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

Origin of sparing

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at spare, -ing2

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sparing

/ (ˈspɛərɪŋ) /

adjective

(sometimes foll by with or of) economical or frugal (with)
scanty; meagre
merciful or lenient

Derived Forms

sparingly, adverbsparingness, noun
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