How to prevent us heading for a world of scarce resources, unfair competition, and geopolitical battles?
Although raw product (i.e. un-renovated houses) is scarce, business is good again for area developers.
After two decades of war, even the most basic infrastructure is scarce.
Information about the neurologic and psychological changes that may befall young TBI victims is scarce.
Meals are scarce in Pakistan because jobs and educational opportunities are limited.
The top of this height, on the contrary, has scarce any wood.
There is scarce any wood; but all classes are content with dung for fuel.
She scarce listened, for at first she was bemused by two thoughts.
A veil covered her head, and Thor scarce knew that this was Sif, his wife.
They could scarce see their way through the sleet they had to face.
c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.