Definition of modicum in English:

modicum

noun

  • A small quantity of a particular thing, especially something desirable or valuable.

    ‘his statement had a modicum of truth’
    • ‘Meanwhile, back at the old ranch house, a quiet weekend looms, devoted to rest and recuperation and a modicum of gentle fun.’
    • ‘Given the importance of public opinion, let us counter misinformation with a modicum of information.’
    • ‘It's done in a spirit of fun, and relies on a modicum of good faith among the participants.’
    • ‘In the book he shoots from the hip and rides roughshod over reputations, holding a modicum of his once monumental power and relishing it.’
    • ‘But please, if you're going to dispense with shame or modesty, at least display a modicum of intelligence.’
    • ‘With a modicum of imagination and a dash of invention, a good story could be built from this one.’
    • ‘Nobody with a modicum of intelligence is going to swallow the daily diet of puerile propaganda put out by the ruling party.’
    • ‘Besides, I'd probably take all morning to make them make a modicum of sense.’
    • ‘It could make an impressive chart but I'm content with a single sheet of typing paper, a few words and a modicum of connecting lines.’
    • ‘However, just as deduction entails an element of induction, the inductive process is likely to entail a modicum of deduction.’
    • ‘A little brevity, a modicum of content, and a lot less rant would be good.’
    • ‘All it would take is a bit of gumption and a modicum of courage.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say, anyone with a modicum of computer knowledge will be very frustrated on my behalf, or so I hope.’
    • ‘This defeat very obviously hurt, with the backdoor of the qualifiers only a modest modicum of consolation.’
    • ‘With immense power should come at least a modicum of humility.’
    • ‘Thus retaining a modicum of respect from you, my peer group.’
    • ‘It features a group of con artists with a modicum of honour: they only steal from the greedy and the morally corrupt.’
    • ‘Personally, I feel cheated if an election campaign does not include a modicum of shameful brawling.’
    • ‘But I do have the benefit of a certain modicum of maturity and experience.’
    • ‘Just five pretty expertly-styled boys with a modicum of talent.’
    little bit, small amount, particle, degree, speck, fragment, scrap, crumb, grain, morsel, taste, soupçon, shred, mite, dash, drop, pinch, ounce, touch, tinge, dab, jot, iota, whit, tittle, jot or tittle, atom, inch, snippet, sliver, smattering, scintilla, hint, suggestion, whisper, trifle
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin, neuter of modicus ‘moderate’, from modus ‘measure’.

Pronunciation

modicum

/ˈmɒdɪkəm/