[mod-i-kuhm, moh-di-]
a moderate or small amount: He hasn't even a modicum of common sense.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, noun use of neuter of modicus moderate, equivalent to modi-, combining form of modus limit (see mode1) + -cus adj. suffix Unabridged
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modicum (ˈmɒdɪkəm)
a small amount or portion
[C15: from Latin: a little way, from modicus moderate]

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Word Origin & History

"small quantity or portion," c.1470, from Scottish, from L. modicum "a little," neut. of modicus "moderate," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (1)).
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Example sentences
Finally, one must applaud Silver's bravery in pointing out that even scientists
  approach their trade with a modicum of faith.
All you need is an open mind and a modicum of commonsense.
Then again, there might be some modicum of truth to it.
From this she must pay her rent, tuition and all the things that provide a
  modicum of comfort in a third-world country.
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