1. Excessively sparing or frugal.
2. Accounting for observed data with a relatively simple explanation: The physicist argued that her new theory was more parsimonious than the standard model.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.