scarcity


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scar·ci·ty

 (skâr′sĭ-tē)
n. pl. scar·ci·ties
1. Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage: a scarcity of food that was caused by drought.
2. Rarity of appearance or occurrence: antiques that are valued for their scarcity.

scarcity

(ˈskɛəsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. inadequate supply; dearth; paucity
2. rarity or infrequent occurrence

scar•ci•ty

(ˈskɛər sɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. insufficiency or shortness of supply; dearth.
2. rarity; infrequency.
[1300–50; Middle English scarsete(e) < Old North French escarsete. See scarce, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scarcity - a small and inadequate amount
inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
paucity, dearth - an insufficient quantity or number
infrequency, rareness, rarity - noteworthy scarcity
abundance, copiousness, teemingness - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"

scarcity

scarcity

noun
Translations
نُدْرَه
nedostatek
knaphed
pula
skortur
pomanjkanje

scarcity

[ˈskɛəsɪtɪ]
A. N (= shortage) [of money, food, resources] → escasez f, carestía f; [of doctors, teachers] → escasez f
B. CPD scarcity value N it has scarcity valuetiene valor por lo escaso que es

scarcity

[ˈskɛərsɪti] scarceness [ˈskɛərsnɪs] nrareté f, pénurie fscarcity value nvaleur f de rareté

scarcity

[ˈskɛəsɪtɪ] scarceness [ˈskɛəsnɪs] n (of jobs, accommodation) → scarsezza, scarsità; (of food) → penuria

scarce

(skeəs) adjective
not many or enough in number. Paintings by this artist are very scarce; Food is scarce because of the drought.
ˈscarcely adverb
1. only just; not quite. Speak louder please – I can scarcely hear you; scarcely enough money to live on.
2. used to suggest that something is unreasonable. You can scarcely expect me to work when I'm ill.
ˈscarcity noun
(a) lack or shortage. a scarcity of work/jobs; times of scarcity.
make oneself scarce
to run away or stay away, especially in order to avoid trouble. As soon as the police arrived, he made himself scarce.
References in classic literature ?
It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.
When, as I opine, in the course of time, the true nature of spermaceti became known, its original name was still retained by the dealers; no doubt to enhance its value by a notion so strangely significant of its scarcity.
And then all the tricks of the packers, their masters, the tyrants who ruled them-- the shutdowns and the scarcity of work, the irregular hours and the cruel speeding-up, the lowering of wages, the raising of prices
No, there warn't no real scarcity of snakes about the house for a consider- able spell.
The general scarcity of everything, occasioned candles to be borrowed in a rather peremptory manner of Monsieur Gabelle; and in a moment of reluctance and hesitation on that functionary's part, the mender of roads, once so submissive to authority, had remarked that carriages were good to make bonfires with, and that post-horses would roast.
Winthrop was one of these: she was in all respects a woman of scrupulous conscience, so eager for duties that life seemed to offer them too scantily unless she rose at half-past four, though this threw a scarcity of work over the more advanced hours of the morning, which it was a constant problem with her to remove.
Still the arrangement had its disagreeable side; for it involved a great many cows, which made them afraid to cross the fields; a great many tramps, who made them afraid to walk the roads; and a scarcity of gentlemen subjects for the maiden art of fascination.
This place was able to afford us little consolation in our uneasy circumstances; the arrival of our company almost caused a scarcity of provisions.
The distress of seeing the sky turn brazen, and withhold its needful moisture from the earth, is not felt by the servant but by the master, who in time of scarcity and famine must support him who has served him in times of plenty and abundance.
The popular system of administration inherent in the nature of popular government, coinciding with the real scarcity of money incident to a languid and mutilated state of trade, has hitherto defeated every experiment for extensive collections, and has at length taught the different legislatures the folly of attempting them.
No, sire, for that would only betoken for us seven years of plenty and seven years of scarcity; and with a king as full of foresight as your majesty, scarcity is not a thing to be feared.
In the latter case their government is weaker and more insecure, because it rests entirely on the goodwill of those citizens who are raised to the magistracy, and who, especially in troubled times, can destroy the government with great ease, either by intrigue or open defiance; and the prince has not the chance amid tumults to exercise absolute authority, because the citizens and subjects, accustomed to receive orders from magistrates, are not of a mind to obey him amid these confusions, and there will always be in doubtful times a scarcity of men whom he can trust.