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sparing

[spair-ing] /ˈspɛər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
economical (often followed by in or of).
2.
lenient or merciful.
3.
scanty; limited.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see spare, -ing2
Related forms
sparingly, adverb
sparingness, noun
nonsparing, adjective
oversparing, adjective
oversparingly, adverb
oversparingness, noun
Synonyms
1. frugal, saving, penurious. 3. meager, sparse.
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sparing

/ˈspɛərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
sometimes foll by with or of. economical or frugal (with)
2.
scanty; meagre
3.
merciful or lenient
Derived Forms
sparingly, adverb
sparingness, noun
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