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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
For Democrats, confronting the paucity of women in prominent state posts is not just a matter of gender equity and public relations.
In Indiana, the paucity of dollars and beds hits rural areas the hardest.
The paucity of treatment options is fueling interest in phage, which some researchers are calling a critical weapon against the kind of infections that threatened the lives of Mallory Smith and Tom Patterson.
The, um, dark lining: Besides being surrounded by the same paucity of offensive weapons that Glennon suffered through, Trubisky plays opposite a defense that can’t force turnovers.
The contrast between paucity and plenty, restraint and release, can be powerfully effective.
But given the cringe-worthy paucity of women with statewide political clout, is Pennsylvania receptive to greater gender balance?
The biggest hang up is the paucity of physical evidence.
Inside, Selby Grey and black leather covers nearly every surface that’s not brushed metal, glass, or a button, and while its distinct paucity of wood trim is unusual for a Rolls, that’s somewhat justifiable for something named after a lake.
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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
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