noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, neuter of modicus moderate, from modus measure Date: 15th century a small portion ; a limited quantity

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  • Modicum — Mod i*cum, n. [L., fr. modicus moderate, fr. modus. See {Mode}.] A little; a small quantity; a measured supply. Modicums of wit. Shak. [1913 Webster] Her usual modicum of beer and punch. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • modicum — (n.) small quantity or portion, late 15c., Scottish, from L. modicum a little, noun use of neuter of modicus moderate, having a proper measure; ordinary, scanty, small, few, from modus measure, manner (see MODE (Cf. mode) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • modicum — I noun fraction, fragment, grain, insignificant amount, iota, minimum, minor amount, mite, particle, paululum, paulum, small amount, small quantity, trifle amount II index minimum, paucity, scintilla …   Law dictionary

  • modicum — [n] bit, small amount atom, crumb, dash, drop, fraction, fragment, grain, inch, iota, jot, little, minim, mite, molecule, ounce, particle, pinch, scrap, shred, smidge, speck, tinge, touch, trifle, whit; concept 831 Ant. lot …   New thesaurus

  • modicum — ► NOUN ▪ a small quantity of something. ORIGIN from Latin modicus moderate , from modus measure …   English terms dictionary

  • modicum — [mäd′i kəm] n. [LME < L, neut. of modicus, moderate < modus: see MODE] a small amount; bit …   English World dictionary

  • modicum — [[t]mɒ̱dɪkəm[/t]] QUANT: QUANT of n uncount A modicum of something, especially something that is good or desirable, is a reasonable but not large amount of it. [FORMAL] I d like to think I ve had a modicum of success. ...a modicum of privacy. Syn …   English dictionary

  • Modicum — This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Modicum, word meaning a moderate or small amount (it comes from… …   Wikipedia

  • modicum — mod|i|cum [ˈmɔdıkəm US ˈma: ] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: modicus moderate , from modus; MODE] a modicum of sth formal a small amount of something, especially a good quality ▪ a modicum of common sense …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • modicum — mod|i|cum [ madıkəm ] noun FORMAL a modicum of something a small amount of something, especially a good quality: She is entitled to at least a modicum of courtesy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • modicum — noun a modicum of formal a small amount of something, especially a good quality: a modicum of common sense …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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