scarcity

noun
scar·​ci·​ty | \ ˈsker-sə-tē How to pronounce scarcity (audio) , -stē \
plural scarcities

Definition of scarcity

: the quality or state of being scarce especially : want of provisions for the support of life

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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 on the Web Jay Harris, the county prosecutor, who is a member of the Crow tribe, said the proliferation of meth use and a scarcity of federal law enforcement had exacerbated the problem. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Rural Montana Had Already Lost Too Many Native Women. Then Selena Disappeared.," 20 Jan. 2020 The uprising began on Oct. 1 when thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to decry rampant government corruption, poor public services and a scarcity of jobs. Washington Post, "Iraqi officials: At least 13 wounded in violence in Baghdad," 20 Jan. 2020 Unlike the power fantasies that clutter the medium, this is a game about managing a scarcity of resources; every bullet and healing herb matters. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Best Video Games of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 The leaderless uprising engulfed Baghdad and the predominately Shiite southern provinces on Oct 1, when thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to decry rampant government corruption, poor services and scarcity of jobs. Arkansas Online, "Iraqi cleric decries killing of teen," 14 Dec. 2019 The violence underscored the growing fears and suspicions swirling around the 8-week-old protest movement, which engulfed Iraq on Oct. 1 when thousands took to the streets to decry government corruption, poor services and scarcity of jobs. Samya Kullab And Murtada Faraj, chicagotribune.com, "Baghdad mob strings up corpse of teen gunman who killed six, officials say," 12 Dec. 2019 Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon’s surface for only two and a half hours—leaving a scarcity of items, which leads to ever higher prices. Morgan Enos, Fortune, "Why 1969 Is ‘Never Going to Die’—Even as Its 50th Anniversary Ends," 10 Dec. 2019 The camps for internally displaced Yazidis do not have access to health care and face a scarcity of medical supplies. Alon Ben-meir, National Review, "The Yazidis’ Crisis Continues to Unfold — Ending It Is a Moral Imperative," 25 Nov. 2019 Both questions have arisen as a result of local issues, in particular, a scarcity of manpower. The Economist, "Power in the Catholic church is shifting south and exposing divisions," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scarcity

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Scarcity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarcity. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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scarcity

noun
How to pronounce scarcity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scarcity

: a very small supply : the state of being scarce

scarcity

noun
scar·​ci·​ty | \ ˈsker-sə-tē How to pronounce scarcity (audio) \
plural scarcities

Kids Definition of scarcity

: a very small supply : the condition of being scarce a scarcity of water

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