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 ?
At that moment the master himself entered, and having had to complain that his oxen had not been properly fed, he went up to their racks and cried out: "Why is there such a scarcity of fodder?
The chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte, situated about a league from Melun, had been built by Fouquet in 1655, at a time when there was a scarcity of money in France; Mazarin had taken all that there was, and Fouquet expended the remainder.
The same is also observed in many others with respect to natural children; but it is through want of citizens regularly born that they admit such: for these laws are always made in consequence of a scarcity of inhabitants; so, as their numbers increase, they first deprive the children of a male or female slave of this privilege, next the child of a free-woman, and last of all they will admit none but those whose fathers and mothers were both free.
It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.
They labour under the disadvantages of a scarcity of wood and water,--evils of a serious character, until art has had time to supply the deficiencies of nature.
This place was able to afford us little consolation in our uneasy circumstances; the arrival of our company almost caused a scarcity of provisions.
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.
Accordingly we offered our services to one and were accepted; our Company was indeed rather small, as it consisted only of the Manager his wife and ourselves, but there were fewer to pay and the only inconvenience attending it was the Scarcity of Plays which for want of People to fill the Characters, we could perform.
We did every thing by mass-meeting, in the good old national way, from swapping off one empire for another on the programme of the voyage down to complaining of the cookery and the scarcity of napkins.
Selling straw to the peasants in times of scarcity of provender was what he might do, even though he felt sorry for them; but the tavern and the pothouse must be put down, though they were a source of income.
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.
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.