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[mass noun] Lack of quantity or quality; inadequacy.‘job satisfaction eclipses the meagreness of income’
inadequacy, scantiness, paucity, paltriness, dearth, limitedness, restrictedness, insufficiency, sparseness, spareness, scarcity, deficiency, slightness, skimpiness, leanness, poorness, poverty, pitifulness, miserliness, puniness, beggarlinessmeasliness, stinginessexiguityView synonyms
- ‘When pressed by sometimes testy Congressmen about the meagerness of Soviet disclosures, he replied blandly, "We have been very forthcoming."’
- ‘In the end, due to the meagerness of both our resources and our carpentry skills, we settled on a balance constructed of wood and a precariously balanced wire hanger.’
- ‘Whether an analyst points to the 27.6 percent of first-choice votes or the 28.4 percent of the total vote, the meagerness of his plurality is obvious.’
- ‘He is quite content as the job satisfaction eclipses the meagreness of income.’
- ‘On Tuesday evening a telegraphic despatch was published, but, owing to the meagreness of its contents, did not remove the apprehensions previously existing.’
- ‘As principal of its primary school, he knew its life intimately, and was depressed by its meagerness.’
- ‘The meagerness of the UK's benefits was never policy.’
- ‘One patient just recently began collecting social security and was complaining about the meagerness of her payments.’
- ‘However, the commissioners admitted such compulsion was rarely realistic, considering the meagreness of most women's wages.’
- ‘True believers can even take encouragement from the meagreness of so much of the action in Coimbra.’
- ‘Through the heat of this long ride, we felt our total lack of water and the meagreness of our supply of food.’
- ‘Despite the meagerness of his military career and his own later hostility to militarism, there is no evidence that he ever opposed IRA actions during the war of independence.’
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