noun \ˈp-sə-tē\

: a small amount of something : an amount that is less than what is needed or wanted

Full Definition of PAUCITY

:  smallness of number :  fewness
:  smallness of quantity :  dearth

Examples of PAUCITY

  1. <a paucity of useful answers to the problem of traffic congestion at rush hour>
  2. If you had one of those Yugoslav names with a paucity of vowels, you might sprinkle in a few … —Calvin Trillin, Time, 22 May 2000

Origin of PAUCITY

Middle English paucite, from Latin paucitat-, paucitas, from paucus little — more at few
First Known Use: 15th century


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