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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
Dunbar’s life was similarly tragic, although Ms. Anderson cannot reconstruct it in equally vivid detail owing to a paucity of sources.
Bolstering veterans' value is the paucity of QBs running the pro-style system in college.
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.
As Irma continues a merciless, historic churn toward the U.S. mainland, those first islanders left in its wake are only beginning to decipher the scope of devastation – or, in some fortunate cases, a surprising paucity thereof.
The paucity of power impacts urban and rural areas equally, hindering efforts to expand the country’s manufacturing sector and raise living standards.
This mysterious paucity of information about Vermeer led to Thoré’s sobriquet mon Sphinx.
Last October, Twitter laid off 9 percent of its staff, announced the shut down of beloved six-second video platform Vine, and appeared to be in the throes of a crisis thanks to a plummeting stock price and a paucity of potential buyers.
Despite climbing to 57 in the world, a paucity of World Cup qualifiers saw Jamaica drop to 61st.
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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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