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scarcement

[ skairs-muhnt ]
/ ˈskɛərs mənt /
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noun

a footing or ledge formed by a setoff in a wall.

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Origin of scarcement

1495–1505; obsolete scarce to lessen (verbal derivative of scarce) + -ment
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scarcement
/ (ˈskɛəsmənt) /

noun

a ledge in a wall

Word Origin for scarcement

C16: probably from obsolete sense of scarce to reduce + -ment
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