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adj. scarc·er, scarc·est
1. Insufficient to meet a demand or requirement; short in supply: Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.
2. Hard to find; absent or rare: Steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.
Barely or hardly; scarcely.
make (oneself) scarce Informal
1. To stay away; be absent or elusive.
2. To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.

[Middle English scars, from Old French scars, from Vulgar Latin *excarpsus, narrow, cramped, from past participle of *excarpere, to pluck out, alteration of Latin excerpere, to pick out; see excerpt.]

scarce′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scarceness - 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




, scarcity
n (= shortage)Knappheit f; (= rarity)Seltenheit f; because of the scarcity of talent among the singers/pupilsweil so wenige Sänger/Schüler wirklich begabt sind; his pictures are expensive because of their scarcenessseine Bilder sind teuer, weil es so wenige davon gibt; a scarcity of qualified peopleein Mangel man qualifizierten Kräften; in times of scarcityin schlechten Zeiten; there are many scarcities in wartimein Kriegszeiten ist vieles knapp
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But she was taken away seven years ago, and I have no other kindred that I know of, besides my Aunt Poyser, who is very good to me, and would have me come and live in this country, which to be sure is a good land, wherein they eat bread without scarceness.
Explaining the scarceness of research on the World Bank, Martin Geiger and Antoine Pecoud note that the Bank and other IOs, such as UNDP, are potentially very influential but still rather new players.
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This type of grassroots change, which could be implemented in schools, universities and mosques, is specifically relevant to Qatar and all GCC countries as the region faces water scarceness and depleting sources of fossil fuel in the near future, yet still ranks the highest in terms of water consumption, electrical consumption and carbon emissions per person.
C) with taken irregular shapes also its nuclei began to lose its natural shape and take different forms(Figs 3a,b,c,d), sperms scarceness in a lot of cavities Seminiferous tubules(Figs 3a,e).
In order to ensure that the supply of tourism and hospitality services does not exceed tourist demand -- especially in light of the relative scarceness of demand following the downing of the Russian commercial jet in October 2015--Sedky demanded that the authority focus on the completion of projects currently under construction.
However, most of these studies are carried out in Western countries; there is scarceness of such studies in Pakistan.
Larkin remains attentive to economies not of diminution, but of scarcity, as he whittled and defined that term in previous collections: scarceness is present on nearly every page, sometimes verbatim, often in cognate forms (sparseness, leanness, lack, rarity, unplenty).
Interestingly, Moora also stated that the rich archaeological material from these newly discovered sites indicated that the scarceness of grave and hoard finds (containing metals) need not necessarily correspond to the social and cultural reality of the past and that local deposition processes and customs should be considered.
To which are added some few that have formerly appear'd in English, but do now for their excellence and scarceness deserve to be reprinted.
In contrast with the scarceness of the animus main characters in the Arthurian stories, we can tell that the anima archetypes abound.
There is a dichotomy of endlessness and scarceness in New Mexico," says Jeff Andersen, artistic director of Albuquerque's Blackout Theatre.