modicum [ mod-i-kuhm, moh-di- ]
1. a moderate or small amount: He hasn't even a modicum of common sense.
WORDS RELATED TO MODICUM
shred, iota, ounce, speck, dash, touch, whit, trifle, little, minim, scrap, fraction, inch, jot, fragment, molecule, atom, mite, crumb, particle
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Origin: 1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, noun use of neuter of modicus moderate, equivalent to modi-, combining form of modus limit (see mode1) + -cus adj. suffix
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR MODICUM
The U.S. government should expedite their cases while showing some modicum of flexibility in reviewing their documentation.
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If I am dressed “modestly,” then they can perhaps generate a modicum of understanding.
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Robbie was rejected by his brothers and sisters, and only his mother showed a modicum of sympathy.
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Jobs must have had at least a modicum of decency, or he never would have called the Rose family in the first place.
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