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exiguous

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] exiguus, "strict, exact," hence "scanty, meager," from exigere, "to measure against a standard."

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Adjective

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  1. Extremely scanty; meager.

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  • 1889Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrong Box ch XIII
    The herdboy in the broom, already musical in the days of Father Chaucer, startles (and perhaps pains) the lark with this exiguous pipe.
  • 1912G. K. Chesterton, Manalive ch VII
    The path on which I then planted my feet was quite unprecedentedly narrow. I had never had to walk along a thoroughfare so exiguous.
  • 1998 — Michael Ignatieff, Rebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of Russia. New Statesman, Feb 6.
    They are entering the market, setting up stalls on snowy streets, moonlighting to supplement exiguous incomes.
  • ???? — Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical Biography.
    Among the pressures provoking these distresses were a father's financial inadequacy and a growing awareness that, by finding employment himself, he could ameliorate the family's exiguous circumstances.

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