modicum modicum  /ˈmɑ dɪ kəm/


  • (n) a small or moderate or token amount


  1. There was not even a modicum of civility in the way the military junta met the civil rights leader.
  2. At least the dictator has eased his influence on the press and there is a modicum of press freedom in the country.


  1. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer finally reveal their twins' names

    It's been a good nine months since True Blood costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer had twins, but we still don't know their names. Imagine that, people wanted to give their kids' identities at least a modicum of secrecy. What would Toddler Juice* think of that?
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Tampa Bay Times

  2. Lebanon's army caught in the crossfire again

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 12 (UPI) -- Lebanon's military is struggling to maintain a modicum of security in a country that's lurching toward another sectarian showdown, fueled largely by the civil war raging next door in Syria, a state that's shed much Lebanese blood over the years.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: UPI


  1. "I am delighted that Heath's brilliant performance can be shared with the world," Gilliam said. "We are looking forward to finishing the movie and, through the film, with a modicum of humility, being able to touch people's hearts and souls as...
    on Mar 10, 2008 By: Terry Gilliam Source: Reuters UK

  2. "I agree that this committee should get to the bottom of this issue," Specter, R-Pa., said. "I would hope that we would do so with at least a modicum of objectivity."
    on Mar 15, 2007 By: Arlen Specter Source: Forbes

  3. "This is a person who cries out for medical care, attention, appraisal, evaluation, appropriate treatment," Wecht told The Associated Press. "Anyone with a modicum of training would know this."
    on Nov 12, 2007 By: Cyril Wecht Source: Forbes

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