Does the word have negative connotation or can it be used as a compliment?

  • Where would it be used? I doubt many people know such a word off-hand.
    – user3169
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 23:30
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    @user3169 I am thinking to say it to my boss, who I assume is educated person.
    – Mrt
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 13:51
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    @user3169 do you think a native speaker of English person who graduated from average university does not know that word?
    – Mrt
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 13:52
  • I meant the average population (random person on the street), as you did not include any context or who you would use the word with. I can't speak to what words a university graduate (outside of liberal arts) might know. I just think there might be less chance of a misunderstanding if you could use a more commonly used word. Your question really should include some examples to indicate your intended usage.
    – user3169
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 21:41

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It is a value judgment but not necessarily pejorative. It certainly has non-pejorative senses. We can speak of parsimonious consumption of limited resources, or a parsimonious logical argument.

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