Part of speech: noun

A moderate amount; a little.

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Usage examples "modicum":

  1. He had but a modicum of that quality. - "Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant", Edward Moore.
  2. Add to this literary perspicacity, a good foundation in classic fable, a modicum of ecclesiastical doctrine, a remarkable facility in phrase, figure, and rhyme and we have the foundations for Chretien's art as we shall find it upon closer examination. - "Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot"", Chretien DeTroyes.
  3. Still, he could not withdraw then, and he made the best of a difficult position with a certain gracefulness which might, under different circumstances, have secured him a modicum of consideration. - "The Cattle-Baron's Daughter", Harold Bindloss.