noun, plural scar·ci·ties.
- scarce as hen's teeth,
- scarcely ever,
- scare out of one's wits,
- scare quotes,
- scare up,
Origin of scarcity
Examples from the Web for scarcity
Perhaps, once in awhile, scarcity will breed rational thinking, too.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014|Sarah Bay Williams|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That kind of fact-finding—often amid a scarcity of facts—would be for a jury to determine.
One of the most painful and confusing paradoxes of life today concerns our sensation of scarcity amid plenty.
Meerson traces this scarcity of one-man performers back to a culture of collectivism that predates even the Communist revolution.
Inside of prison, even our privileged American prison, scarcity is just as much of an issue as it was in the Gulag.
One great bug bear of the prairies was formerly the scarcity of timber.The History of Peru|Henry S. Beebe
No one in the country need suffer from the cold on account of scarcity of fuel.Canada West 1914|Unknown
There is so great a scarcity of wood in these parts, that the inhabitants use turf or peats for fuel, as is done in Flanders.
The condition existing could be remedied now, if Messrs. Townlinson & Sheppard saw no obstacles other than scarcity of money.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
The scarcity of large towns in Russia is not less remarkable than their rustic appearance.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
noun plural -ties
c.1300, from Old North French escarcete (Old French escharsete), from eschars (see scarce).
The basic problem on which classical economic theory is built: simply, that human wants will always exceed the resources available to fulfill those wants. This tenet was challenged by the rise of what John Kenneth Galbraith described as the affluent society.