exiguity


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ex·i·gu·i·ty

 (ĕk′sĭ-gyo͞o′ĭ-tē)
n.
The quality or condition of being scanty or meager.

exiguity

smallness of size. — exiguous, adj.
See also: Size
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exiguity - the quality of being meagerexiguity - the quality of being meager; "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot
inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
wateriness - meagerness or poorness connoted by a superfluity of water (in a literary style as well as in a food); "the haziness and wateriness of his disquisitions"; "the wateriness of his blood"; "no one enjoys the burning of his soup or the wateriness of his potatoes"
abstemiousness - restricted to bare necessities
spareness, sparseness, sparsity, thinness - the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
Translations

exiguity

n (form)Winzigkeit f; (= meagreness)Knappheit f
References in classic literature ?
In the privacy of a four-wheeler, on her way to a charity cottage (one of a row) which by the exiguity of its dimensions and the simplicity of its accommodation, might well have been devised in kindness as a place of training for the still more straitened circumstances of the grave, she was forced to hid from her own child a blush of remorse and shame.
Some women, I grant, would not appear to advantage seated on a pillion, and attired in a drab joseph and a drab beaver-bonnet, with a crown resembling a small stew-pan; for a garment suggesting a coachman's greatcoat, cut out under an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes, is not well adapted to conceal deficiencies of contour, nor is drab a colour that will throw sallow cheeks into lively contrast.
At the cremation cemeteries under level ground, the loss of osteological material, concluded on the exiguity of human bones, is due to the practice of separating the pyre site from the burial field.