Definition of scarcity in English:

scarcity

noun

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.’
    • ‘In general, beech nuts have been regarded as food for humans in times of famine or scarcity.’
    • ‘This lack of scarcity makes this concert even sillier, as there is nothing special about it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should not be relegated to a matter that was only given close attention in times of drought and water scarcity.’
    shortage, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, insufficiency, paucity, scarceness, scantness, meagreness, sparseness, scantiness, poverty
    rarity, rareness, infrequency, sparseness, uncommonness, unusualness
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Pronunciation

scarcity

/ˈskɛːsɪti/