scarcity

noun scar·ci·ty \ ˈsker-sə-tē , -stē \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of scarcity

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

Examples of scarcity in a Sentence

  1. Scarcity of food forced the herds to move.

  2. the scarcity of good restaurants around here is surprising

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First Known Use of scarcity

14th century


SCARCITY Defined for English Language Learners

scarcity

noun

Definition of scarcity for English Language Learners

  • : a very small supply : the state of being scarce


SCARCITY Defined for Kids

scarcity

noun scar·ci·ty \ ˈsker-sə-tē \

Definition of scarcity for Students

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


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