modicum

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Middle English modicum, borrowed from Latin modicum (a little, a small amount), a noun use of the neuter form of modicus (moderate; restrained, temperate; reasonable) + -cum (suffix forming neuter nouns). Modicus is derived from modus (a measure; a bound, limit) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *med- (to measure)) + -icus (suffix meaning ‘of or pertaining to’ forming adjectives).[1]

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Noun[edit]

modicum (plural modicums or modica)

  1. A modest, small, or trifling amount.
    Synonyms: iota, jot, tittle; see also Thesaurus:modicum
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:lot
    Unable to garner even a modicum of support for his plan, he conceded to follow the others.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From modicus (moderate, middling)

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Noun[edit]

modicum n (genitive modicī); second declension

  1. a little, a small amount

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative modicum modica
Genitive modicī modicōrum
Dative modicō modicīs
Accusative modicum modica
Ablative modicō modicīs
Vocative modicum modica

Descendants[edit]

  • English: modicum

Adjective[edit]

modicum

  1. nominative neuter singular of modicus
  2. accusative masculine singular of modicus
  3. accusative neuter singular of modicus
  4. vocative neuter singular of modicus

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