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Monday, May 24, 1999

Definitions for exiguity

  1. Scantiness; smallness; thinness;the quality of being meager.
    --EXIGUOUS, adjective

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Citations for exiguity
An exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes George Eliot,
The soldiers' pay is in the highest degree exiguous; not above three half-pence a day. Carlyle,
Origin of exiguity
1645-1655
Exiguity derives from the Latin exiguitas, itself from exiguus, meaning "strictly weighed," which came to signify "too strictly weighed"; hence, "meager." Related to exact ("precisely weighed or determined").