parsimonious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj parsimonious excessively unwilling to spend "parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses","lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Parsimonious Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in expenditure of money; frugal to excess; penurious; niggardly; stingy. "A prodigal king is nearer a tyrant than a parsimonious .""Extraordinary funds for one campaign may spare us the expense of many years; whereas a long, parsimonious war will drain us of more men and money."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • parsimonious Characterized by parsimony in practice or disposition; very sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess; stinting; niggardly.
    • parsimonious Synonyms Miserly, Niggardly, etc. See penurious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Parsimonious sparing in the use of money: frugal to excess: niggardly: covetous
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Quotations

  • Edmund Burke
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    “Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. parcimonieux,. See Parsimony
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. parsimonia, parcimoniaparcĕre, to spare.

Usage

In literature:

The rigid parsimony of these men is disappointed terribly when any crisis happens.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
I don't altogether trust Ilona and her parsimonious ways.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She would be lavish in complaint and parsimonious of help.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Boswell was very angry, and reproached him with his improper parsimony.
"James Boswell" by William Keith Leask
He was black-bearded, barely of middle stature, a parsimonious man when it came to using words.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Why, what a parsimonious little wretch you are!
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
She knows not our parsimony nor our prudence.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
I shall begin by pleading for more careful design, and less parsimony in expenditure upon the usual church adornments.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
The public, to some extent, at once consider him who adverts to this topic, as parsimonious or mean.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Then, outside the scientific world, comparatively few people appreciate the extreme parsimony of nature.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
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In news:

It is time for judiciousness with a dose of parsimony .
I prefer the words penurious and parsimonious .
I prefer to think of myself as penurious or parsimonious .
I prefer the words penurious and parsimonious.
I prefer to think of myself as penurious or parsimonious.
Visual Thesaurus We read an article the other day in which the unfortunate writer managed to confuse the words "parsimonious" and "promiscuous" — the former means "stingy," the latter means oh, almost exactly the opposite.
Its setting is intensive care , a realm usually parsimonious in producing clinical trials.
In spite of a few parsimonious partisans, Lafayette residents recognize that government revenue — yes, taxes — is necessary for the greater good.
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In science:

When choosing between two models, we assume the simpler or more parsimonious model holds and look for evidence that this assumption is faulty.
Statistics: Handle with Care, Detecting Multiple Model Components with the Likelihood Ratio Test
Although no particular solution is more probable than the parsimonious one, the shortest distance is not necessarily the most probable length of a path.
Expected number of inversions after a sequence of random adjacent transpositions
L1 represents the likelihood for the simpler (more parsimonious) model and L2 represents the likelihood for the model with the additional free parameters.
A simple test for periodic signals in red noise
Again, model parsimony is often an important consideration in nonlinear time series modeling.
Testing for a linear MA model against threshold MA models
In this finite memory case, a VLMC is simply a parsimonious representation of a Markov chain of order L that, in its strict sense, would have (|A| − 1)|A|L parameters (a probability distribution associated to each sequence of fixed length L).
Testing statistical hypothesis on random trees and applications to the protein classification problem
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