frugality

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Borrowed from Middle French frugalité.

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frugality (countable and uncountable, plural frugalities)

  1. The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; thrift.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 47:
      Your sense of honour and honesty would have led you, I know, when aware of your situation, to attempt all the economy that would appear to you possible; and, perhaps, as long as your frugality retrenched only on your own comfort, you might have been suffered to practice it, but beyond that—
    • 1902, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Bush Studies (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 14:
      With the frugality that hard graft begets, his mate limited both his and her own tobacco, so he must not smoke all afternoon.
  2. A sparing use; sparingness.

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