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scarce

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1 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable

  • food was a bit scarce last winter
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thin on the ground

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2 not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need

  • help is always scarce in the resort town during the busy summer season
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Synonym Discussion of scarce

infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time.
    • infrequent family visits
uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation.
    • smallpox is now uncommon in many countries
scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance.
    • jobs were scarce during the Depression
rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value.
    • rare first editions
sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts.
    • sporadic cases of influenza

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