meagerness


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mea·ger

also mea·gre  (mē′gər)
adj.
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
3. Having little flesh; lean.

[Middle English megre, thin, from Old French, from Latin macer; see māk- in Indo-European roots.]

mea′ger·ly adv.
mea′ger·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meagerness - the quality of being meagermeagerness - the quality of being meager; "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot
inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
wateriness - meagerness or poorness connoted by a superfluity of water (in a literary style as well as in a food); "the haziness and wateriness of his disquisitions"; "the wateriness of his blood"; "no one enjoys the burning of his soup or the wateriness of his potatoes"
abstemiousness - restricted to bare necessities
spareness, sparseness, sparsity, thinness - the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
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And another thing they learned was that it was easier for one who has gorged at the flesh-pots to content himself with the meagerness of a crust, than for one who has known only the crust.
From out of the meagerness of our censored histories we learned that for fifteen years after the cessation of diplomatic relations between the United States of North America and the belligerent nations of the Old World, news of more or less doubtful authenticity filtered, from time to time, into the Western Hemisphere from the Eastern.
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The meagerness of the margin -- the difference between the cost of running a service station and what can be made from selling its fuel -- means that oil companies, especially international majors, have shied away from entering the Thai market, while some with a presence have called it quits.
I foresee (at least) four types of objection: critics might argue (1) that attempts by academics to contribute to the eradication of poverty are ineffective (the ineffectiveness argument); (2) that while they would yield some benefits these benefits are too small to justify the effort required to achieve them (the meagerness argument); (3) that the kinds of projects promoted by ASAP may be not only ineffective but actually harmful (the harmfulness argument); and (4) that even if antipoverty initiatives yield benefits (and, specifically, benefits that outweigh the costs involved), it is wrong for academics to engage in such initiatives because doing so would contravene some other responsibility, or responsibilities, that apply to them (the countervailing responsibility argument).
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Who are they," she asks, "and why do they garner the trust that is with increasing meagerness afforded to college and university faculties?
On the other hand, what is enhancing the meagerness of the authority's offer - as it is trying to propose financial gains and to improve the social conditions of the vulnerable factions threatened of sliding toward utmost poverty - is the fact that this offer does not include any real participation in the authority or the decision-making process, while the citizens firstly want to be recognized as people with rights and not beneficiaries from profits and pardons excluding the political detainees, such as the pardon issued in Syria a few days ago.