Definition of modicum in US English:

modicum

noun

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

    ‘his statement had more than a modicum of truth’
    • ‘It features a group of con artists with a modicum of honour: they only steal from the greedy and the morally corrupt.’
    • ‘Thus retaining a modicum of respect from you, my peer group.’
    • ‘All it would take is a bit of gumption and a modicum of courage.’
    • ‘With a modicum of imagination and a dash of invention, a good story could be built from this one.’
    • ‘However, just as deduction entails an element of induction, the inductive process is likely to entail a modicum of deduction.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say, anyone with a modicum of computer knowledge will be very frustrated on my behalf, or so I hope.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, back at the old ranch house, a quiet weekend looms, devoted to rest and recuperation and a modicum of gentle fun.’
    • ‘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's done in a spirit of fun, and relies on a modicum of good faith among the participants.’
    • ‘With immense power should come at least a modicum of humility.’
    • ‘A little brevity, a modicum of content, and a lot less rant would be good.’
    • ‘Personally, I feel cheated if an election campaign does not include a modicum of shameful brawling.’
    • ‘Just five pretty expertly-styled boys with a modicum of talent.’
    • ‘But please, if you're going to dispense with shame or modesty, at least display a modicum of intelligence.’
    • ‘But I do have the benefit of a certain modicum of maturity and experience.’
    • ‘Given the importance of public opinion, let us counter misinformation with a modicum of information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the book he shoots from the hip and rides roughshod over reputations, holding a modicum of his once monumental power and relishing it.’
    • ‘This defeat very obviously hurt, with the backdoor of the qualifiers only a modest modicum of consolation.’
    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

/ˈmɑdəkəm//ˈmädəkəm/