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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
This was because there was a paucity of public parks, places where city folks could take a picnic and enjoy being someplace cool and green and quiet.
But the sad thing is the increasing paucity of serious minded and really refined youth.
The unclear language of the constitution, the paucity of cases and the role played by partisan politics (unanticipated by the Founding Fathers) make Ford’s remark both plausible and unsatisfactory.
Third-rounder Michael Gallup has a chance to start right away, mostly due to the paucity of quality Cowboys receivers.
One exception to the paucity of mechanization: Industrial-sized routers used to cut windows holes and other openings out of large sheets of metal.
Low-alcohol beer, once maligned for its paucity of flavour, is also in fashion.
For years, PredPol has been plagued with criticisms over the paucity of depth, richness, and rigor the software brings to policing.
Critics justly rue the paucity of female playwrights on Broadway.
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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."
crunch, dearth, deficiency, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want;
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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