noun \ˈsker-sə-tē, -stē\

: a very small supply : the state of being scarce

plural scar·ci·ties

Full Definition of SCARCITY

:  the quality or state of being scarce; especially :  want of provisions for the support of life

Examples of SCARCITY

  1. Scarcity of food forced the herds to move.
  2. <the scarcity of good restaurants around here is surprising>

First Known Use of SCARCITY

14th century


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