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parsimony

[′pär·sə‚mō·nē]
(science and technology)
The principle that the simplest scientific explanation is best.
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If I wanted other authorities for Jarndyce and Jarndyce, I could rain them on these pages, to the shame of--a parsimonious public.
First crept The Parsimonious Emmet, provident Of future, in small room large heart enclos'd, Pattern of just equalitie perhaps Hereafter, join'd in her popular Tribes Of Commonaltie: swarming next appeer'd The Femal Bee that feeds her Husband Drone Deliciously, and builds her waxen Cells With Honey stor'd: the rest are numberless, And thou thir Natures know'st, and gav'st them Names, Needlest to thee repeaed; nor unknown The Serpent suttl'st Beast of all the field, Of huge extent somtimes, with brazen Eyes And hairie Main terrific, though to thee Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
Political scientists from Europe provide seven chapters that address four theoretical and methodological challenges in comparative politics--the dissolution of the nation-state as the main object of inquiry; the increasing complexity of concepts and methods; the capacity of the discipline to accumulate knowledge; and the tensions between parsimonious and contextually rich explanations--which bring up five long-standing problems: interdependence, multi-level functioning, the tension between parsimony and variety, multiple methods, and how to accumulate knowledge and avoid the unrelated addition of knowledge.
He describes them and how to use them in parsimonious discrimination, inferring plausible laws or patterns, inferring simplest laws or patterns, and detecting significant similarities.
You could have been a little parsimonious and nabbed an Alvis 3.
There was already cash in the kitty so the usually parsimonious Wenger will be able to buy whoever he likes this summer.
2) What are the effects of the streamlined, parsimonious STRIVE model when compared to typical practice on student outcomes?
Emphasizing the parsimonious use of antibiotics when evidence indicates they would be helpful, and knowledgeable restraint otherwise, they consider upper respiratory, gastrointestinal, sexually transmitted, skin, bone, joint, and other infections.
Mini spending spree might be a more accurate description, as I do tend to be quite parsimonious most of the time.
Last week yet another coroner laid into the parsimonious incompetence of the Ministry of Defence that has been sending Paras into battle against overwhelming numbers without night vision equipment so they can see who it is they're fighting.
While the Drogs have firmly established themselves under Paul Doolin's reign as parsimonious in terms of leaking chances, Bohs' record of conceding seven in 17 league games under boss Sean Connor speaks for itself.
I found it unbelievable that the council should be so parsimonious and I am sure the majority of Birmingham households feel the same.