from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Unusual or excessive frugality; extreme economy or stinginess.
- n. Adoption of the simplest assumption in the formulation of a theory or in the interpretation of data, especially in accordance with the rule of Ockham's razor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Great reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.
- n. By analogy from (1), principle of using the least resources or explanations to solve a problem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Closeness or sparingness in the expenditure of money; -- generally in a bad sense; excessive frugality; niggardliness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sparingness in the use or expenditure of means; most commonly, excessive or unnecessary economy; stinginess; niggardliness.
- n. Synonyms Stinginess, niggardliness, penuriousness. See penurious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme stinginess
- n. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimōnia, from parsus, past participle of parcere, to spare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French parsimonie, from Latin parsimōnia ("sparingness, frugality"), from parcere ("to be sparing"). (Wiktionary)