Definition of modicum in English:

modicum

Syllabification: mod·i·cum
Pronunciation: /ˈmädəkəm/

noun

[in singular]
A small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable: his statement had more than a modicum of truth
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

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