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paucity

[ paw-si-tee ]
/ ˈpɔ sɪ ti /
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noun

smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources.
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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British Dictionary definitions for paucity

paucity
/ (ˈpɔːsɪtɪ) /

noun

smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
smallness of number; fewness

Word Origin for paucity

C15: from Latin paucitās scarcity, from paucus few
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