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Examples of paucity in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- 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
a paucity of useful answers to the problem of traffic congestion at rush hour
Recent Examples of paucity from the Web
And given the paucity of Democratic pick-up opportunities in the upper chamber next year, loads of liberal cash are bound to be thrown at Flake.
The Google engineer who blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech had every right to express his views.
NEW YORK — The Google engineer who blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech had every right to express his views.
Space needed for startups Rodriguez said Kinsman has a paucity of spaces available for small business startups.
But here’s the positive: despite his circumstances and paucity of help from his O-line and receivers, Goff still willingly played from the pocket.
The biggest hang up is the paucity of physical evidence.
There is, of course, no way to prevent a paucity of rain or eliminate hunger.
Outside China, Xiaomi's expansion has been restricted by its relative paucity of intellectual property.
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Learn a Little About paucity
Paucity, which was first recorded in English in the 15th century, comes to us from the Middle English word paucite, and is ultimately derived from "paucus," Latin for little. It is not surprising, then, that "paucity" came to refer to a "littleness" of numbers (as in "a paucity of facts or studies") or quantity ("a paucity of evidence"). One can even use paucity when speaking of abstract concepts, as in "a paucity of experience or knowledge."
Synonymscrunch, dearth, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, lacuna, deficiency, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want
Antonymsabundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth
Related Wordsabsence, omission; meagerness, poorness, skimpiness; necessity, need, privation
Near Antonymsbountifulness, copiousness; excess, overabundance, oversupply, surfeit, surplus
PAUCITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paucity for English Language Learners
: a small amount of something : an amount that is less than what is needed or wanted
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