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parsimony

[pahr-suh-moh-nee] /ˈpɑr səˌmoʊ ni/
noun
1.
extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English parcimony < Latin parsimōnia, parcimōnia frugality, thrift, equivalent to parsi- (combining form of parsus, past participle of parcere to economize) or parci- (combining form of parcus sparing) + -mōnia -mony
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British Dictionary definitions for par simony

parsimony

/ˈpɑːsɪmənɪ/
noun
1.
extreme care or reluctance in spending; frugality; niggardliness
Derived Forms
parsimonious (ˌpɑːsɪˈməʊnɪəs) adjective
parsimoniously, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin parcimōnia, from parcere to spare
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Word Origin and History for par simony

parsimony

n.

early 15c., from Latin parsimonia "sparingness, frugality, thrift," from pars-, past participle stem of parsi, perfect tense of parcere "to spare, save, refrain from, use moderately" (which is said to be unrelated to Latin parvus "small," parum "too little") + -monia, suffix signifying action, state, or condition.

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