extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources : a great tradition of public design has been shattered by government parsimony.
principle (or law) of parsimony the scientific principle that things are usually connected or behave in the simplest or most economical way, esp. with reference to alternative evolutionary pathways. Compare with Occam’s razor .
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin parsimonia, parcimonia, from parcere ‘be