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[froo-gal-i-tee] /fruˈgæl ɪ ti/
the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness:
Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
Also, frugalness [froo-guh l-nis] /ˈfru gəl nɪs/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
nonfrugality, noun
overfrugality, noun
unfrugality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Making people aware of the cost of leaving the lights on should encourage frugality.
  • It never occurred to me that my frugality could boost my social life.
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  • Forcing a mandatory technology fee on students who are practicing frugality is unfair.
  • Science values frugality in the expression of theory but has difficulty teaching the same value in other aspects of life.
  • Kids will learn valuable lessons about frugality and patience.
  • When the frugality goes a little deeper, it can have a bigger impact still.
  • Hopefully frugality and honesty return as human virtues.
  • Her limited government tenure is marked by ethical rigor and frugality.
  • Hopefully that situation will improve with increased frugality.
Word Origin and History for frugality

1530s, from Middle French frugalité (14c.), from Latin frugalitatem (nominative frugalitas) "thriftiness, temperance, frugality," from frugalis (see frugal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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