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paucity

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noun pau·ci·ty \ˈpȯ-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of paucity

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

Full Definition of paucity

  1. 1 :  smallness of number :  fewness

  2. 2 :  smallness of quantity :  dearth

Examples of paucity

  1. 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

  2. For my part, I find increasingly that I miss the simplicity, the almost willful paucity, of the English way of doing things. —Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999

  3. This relative paucity of freeloaders and deadbeats means that rookie Americans, as a group, more than pay their way. —Jaclyn Fierman, Fortune, 9 Aug. 1993

  4. <a paucity of useful answers to the problem of traffic congestion at rush hour>



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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