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1. Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources. See Synonyms at sparing.
2. Simple or costing little; meager or inexpensive: a frugal lunch.

[Latin frūgālis, virtuous, thrifty, from frūx, frūg-, fruit, virtue.]

fru·gal′i·ty (fro͞o-găl′ĭ-tē), fru′gal·ness n.
fru′gal·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frugalness - prudence in avoiding wastefrugalness - prudence in avoiding waste    
prudence - discretion in practical affairs
parsimoniousness, parsimony, penny-pinching, thrift - extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
thriftiness, economy - frugality in the expenditure of money or resources; "the Scots are famous for their economy"
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