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parsimony +‎ -ious


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɑː.sɪˈməʊ.ni.əs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /pɑɹ.sɪˈmoʊ.ni.əs/
  • Hyphenation: par‧si‧mon‧i‧ous


parsimonious (comparative more parsimonious, superlative most parsimonious)

  1. Exhibiting parsimony; sparing in the expenditure of money; frugal to excess.
    Synonyms: penurious, niggardly, stingy, pennywise, tight-fisted; see also Thesaurus:frugal, Thesaurus:stingy
  2. Using a minimal number of assumptions, steps, or conjectures.
    • 2006, Richard Bonneau et al., “The Inferelator: An Algorithm for Learning Parsimonious Regulatory Networks from Systems-biology Data Sets de Novo”, in Genome Biology, volume 7, number 5, London: BioMed Central, →DOI, →ISSN, →OCLC, →PMID, →PMCID, page R36:
      Statistical methods offer the ability to enforce parsimonious selection of the most influential potential predictors of each gene's state.
  3. (sports) Not conceding many goals.
    • 2015 May 25, Daniel Taylor, “Norwich reach Premier League after early blitz sees off Middlesbrough”, in The Guardian[1], London, archived from the original on 1 November 2015:
      They played like a team that was in a hurry to get back to the Premier League. Norwich City had dismantled the most parsimonious defence in the Championship inside the opening quarter of an hour and at the final whistle it was the yellow end, rather than Middlesbrough’s banks of red, where the euphoria could be found.

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