Definition of modicum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmädəkəm/


[in singular]
A small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable: his statement had more than a modicum of truth
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  • It's done in a spirit of fun, and relies on a modicum of good faith among the participants.
  • 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.
small amount, particle, speck, fragment, scrap, crumb, grain, morsel, shred, dash, drop, pinch, soupçon, jot, iota, whit, atom, smattering, scintilla, hint, suggestion, tinge
informal smidgen, tad


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

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Syllabification: mod·i·cum

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