Definition of scarcity
: the quality or state of being scarce; especially : want of provisions for the support of life
Examples of scarcity in a Sentence
Scarcity of food forced the herds to move.
the scarcity of good restaurants around here is surprising
Recent Examples of scarcity from the Web
Everything from habitat loss to pollution to invasive species can hurt salmon, and the scarcity that results seems to be affecting killer whales’ ability to reproduce.
To see that, despite the scarcity, there is food here, too.
That cancelation added to the scarcity of his live shows around here.
Just staying one shot at a time.’’ Koepka seems to own the same sort of emotional scarcity Dustin Johnson has.
Seeing the scarcity of resources and supplies for our veterans with pets led me to organize this event.
Dynamic pricing and super-premium prices may be relatively new, but the scarcity of tickets for hit shows has a long tradition.
Addressing the opening session, Gene Schaefer, new chairman and Bank of America’s Miami market president, ranked traffic as one of the community’s top challenges and noted the scarcity of convenient, affordable workforce housing.
With such scarcity, prices skyrocket, thus forcing millions of poor people to dependency — depending on handouts — just to survive.
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First Known Use of scarcity
SCARCITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scarcity for English Language Learners
: a very small supply : the state of being scarce
SCARCITY Defined for Kids
Definition of scarcity for Students
: a very small supply : the condition of being scarce a scarcity of water
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