modicum
[ mod-i-kuhm ]
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Part of Speechnoun
Origin + Etymology
Late 15th century; Latinfrom Latin, neuter of modicus ‘moderate’, from modus ‘measure’
Synonyms
  • iota
  • ounce
  • shred
Antonyms
  • lot
  • entirety
  • total
  • whole
Definition
a moderate or small amount
Example
The survivors had only a modicum of food left when they were found.
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