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adj. spars·er, spars·est
Occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense.

[Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.]

sparse′ly adv.
sparse′ness, spar′si·ty (spär′sĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.sparsity - the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
exiguity, leanness, meagerness, meagreness, scantiness, scantness, poorness - the quality of being meager; "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot
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