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 (ĭg-zĭg′yo͞o-əs, ĭk-sĭg′-)
Extremely scanty; meager.

[From Latin exiguus, from exigere, to measure out, demand; see exact.]

ex·ig′u·ous·ly adv.
ex·ig′u·ous·ness n.
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(ɪɡˈzɪɡjʊəs; ɪkˈsɪɡ-)
scanty or slender; meagre: an exiguous income.
[C17: from Latin exiguus, from exigere to weigh out; see exigent]
exiguity, exˈiguousness n
exˈiguously adv
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(ɪgˈzɪg yu əs, ɪkˈsɪg-)

scanty; meager; small.
[1645–55; < Latin exiguus, derivative of exigere (see exigent)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exiguous - extremely scanty; "an exiguous budget"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
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Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
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[egˈzɪgjʊəs] ADJexiguo
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adj (form) savings, income, revenueknapp, dürftig
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Of course I have other reasons for thinking so--dozens of exiguous threads which lead vaguely up towards the centre of the web where the poisonous, motionless creature is lurking.
Flora saw her father trembling in all his exiguous length, though he held himself stiffer than ever if that was possible.
Her mother was a small, spare, light person, with a wandering eye, a very exiguous nose, and a large forehead, decorated with a certain amount of thin, much frizzled hair.
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The fundamental risk variables of probability and impact are important starting points yet remain exiguous without correlation to investment constraints for informed allocation of resources.
Ellis' publications were exiguous, but I found an essay and a story that illuminate his elusive character.
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The heart-rending videos and photographs that appeared on the news and social media spread intense feelings of torment: women hysterically laying hold of exiguous assets, men running out of patience, children moving helter-skelter, imprudently, and a high-rise building turning into ashes.
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In the literature, leiomyoma of deep soft tissue is scarcely mentioned, hence much of our knowledge regarding this entity is based on case reports and exiguous small case series [9, 10].