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paucity

[paw-si-tee] /ˈpɔ sɪ ti/
noun
1.
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:
a country with a paucity of resources.
2.
smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
Origin of paucity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English paucite < Latin paucitās fewness, derivative of paucus few; see -ity
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  • So they went bobbing about in a tub, and we, with a like paucity of equipment, essayed to follow them.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • It seemed to her that never before had there been such a paucity of monarchists.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • We can complain of no lack of plot or paucity of incidents in His Heart's Desire.

  • In spite of this paucity of clothing, there was not the least immodesty in their bearing.

  • For some reason or other there is a paucity of woodpeckers on the Nilgiris.

British Dictionary definitions for paucity

paucity

/ˈpɔːsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
2.
smallness of number; fewness
Word Origin
C15: from Latin paucitās scarcity, from paucus few
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Contemporary definitions for paucity
noun

an insufficiency; dearth

Word Origin

Latin paucus 'little'

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Word Origin and History for paucity
n.

late 14c., from Old French paucité (14c.) and directly from Latin paucitatem (nominative paucitas) "fewness, scarcity, a small number," from paucus "few, little," from PIE *pau-ko-, from root *pau- (1) "few, little" (cf. Latin paullus "little;" Old English feawe "few;" see few (adj.)).

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