from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; thrift.
  • n. A sparing use; sparingness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; that careful management of anything valuable which expends nothing unnecessarily, and applies what is used to a profitable purpose; thrift; --- opposed to extravagance.
  • n. A sparing use; sparingness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; good husbandry or housewifery.
  • n. A prudent and sparing use or appropriation of anything.
  • n. Synonyms Thrift, etc. See economy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. prudence in avoiding waste


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