Definition of scarcity in English:


nounPlural scarcities

mass noun
  • The state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage.

    ‘a time of scarcity’
    ‘the growing scarcity of resources’
    • ‘Such is the official apathy that drought and food scarcities have found little space for intellectual discussions and strategic planning.’
    • ‘This lack of scarcity makes this concert even sillier, as there is nothing special about it.’
    • ‘In general, beech nuts have been regarded as food for humans in times of famine or scarcity.’
    • ‘It should not be relegated to a matter that was only given close attention in times of drought and water scarcity.’
    • ‘In a market economy it is as easy to fall as to rise, but in periods of scarcity and famine, easier to survive within such a system than outside it.’
    shortage, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, insufficiency, paucity, scarceness, scantness, meagreness, sparseness, scantiness, poverty
    rarity, rareness, infrequency, sparseness, uncommonness, unusualness
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