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  1. smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources.
  2. smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
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Origin of paucity

1375–1425; late Middle English paucite < Latin paucitās fewness, derivative of paucus few; see -ity
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smallness, insufficiency, dearth, paltriness, scantiness, rarity, famine, deficiency, absence, shortage, meagerness, poverty, fewness, sparseness, slenderness, sparsity

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British Dictionary definitions for paucity


  1. smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
  2. smallness of number; fewness
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Word Origin for paucity

C15: from Latin paucitās scarcity, from paucus few
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Word Origin and History for paucity


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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