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From Middle English parcimonie, from Middle French parsimonie, from Latin parsimōnia(frugality, sparingness), from parsus, past participle of parcere(to spare).

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  • Hyphenation: par‧si‧mony

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parsimony ‎(usually uncountable, plural parsimonies)

  1. (by extension) The principle of using the least resources or explanations to solve a problem.
  2. Great reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.
    • 1776, Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations:
      Parsimony, and not industry, is the immediate cause of the increase of capital. Industry, indeed, provides the subject which parsimony accumulates. But whatever industry might acquire, if parsimony did not save and store up, the capital would never be the greater.

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