from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, moderate, or token amount: "England still expects a modicum of eccentricity in its artists” ( Ian Jack).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, modest or trifling amount.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little; a small quantity; a measured supply.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small or moderate quantity; a scanty or meager allowance; a limited amount or degree.
- n. Any small thing; a diminutive person.
- n. Something eaten to provoke thirst.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small or moderate or token amount
I love the word modicum, thanks for using it in your post.
I’m not sure it’s unfair to presume that one comes to that job with a certain modicum of confidence in one’s own judgment.
Youth would not understand it were it to speak a modicum of its thoughts.
This is not a woman who has displayed any kind of modicum of sensibility or anything.
Long-term outcomes showed no significant differences, as long as there was even a "modicum" of such things as loving, setting of rules and teaching.
The Omniscient One is certainly possessed of an amount of knowledge equal to that small modicum which is all that a rational and immortal soul can boast of in reference to itself.
"modicum" of Arab unity before a potentially hawkish new Israeli cabinet, Safa said.
However, that highly religious person would likely find consensus with anyone who has a modicum of religious belief.
As the century waned, the glamorous old-style safari, which could be defined as “traveling by caravan to rough it near wildlife in Africa, but not without access to a porcelain tea set,” had been replaced by the peppy new-style safari, “nature travel anywhere, so long as it involves unconventional transport and a modicum of hazard offset by pampering.”
Of course, these accounts often paid paltry interest—and hopefully the new services will do better by consumers—but their value was in giving you a modicum of control over your financial life.
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