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[in singular] The presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.‘a paucity of information’
insufficiency, deficiency, scantness, scarcity, scarceness, sparseness, dearth, poverty, shortage, want, lack, undersupplyView synonyms
- ‘There is no scheme in all these projects to solve the paucity of clean, safe drinking water.’
- ‘Sorry for the paucity of posts over the past few days but I'm in a state of upheaval known as ‘job change’.’
- ‘The man has an amazing amount of energy which covers for the paucity of his material.’
- ‘He bemoans the shortage of trained music teachers and a paucity of school music lessons.’
- ‘The paucity of these qualities in the present Republic would stagger them.’
- ‘I also would like to apologise for the paucity of posts over the past few days.’
- ‘Will the present paucity of lackadaisical dreamers affect our future cultural heritage?’
- ‘The response is governed by the paucity of credible alternatives.’
- ‘There's still a paucity of fresh produce in the shops, very little more than a few tired cabbages and exhausted apples to be found.’
- ‘To those outside the subculture it may appear as if there is a paucity of other alternatives.’
- ‘There is also a paucity of texts and supporting popular science literature available in Urdu.’
- ‘Recently the city has been widely criticised for the paucity of its 60th anniversary plans.’
- ‘The paucity of humility shown by the Government in the face of such antipathy is stomach-churning.’
- ‘The paucity of water and the consequent thefts are beginning to weaken the social fabric in the countryside.’
- ‘Instead the search engines are simply reporting the paucity of information on the internet about these people.’
- ‘Much of this product is now powerloom woven, due to a paucity of labour.’
- ‘In ordinary circumstances the paucity of players might have been expected.’
- ‘I wondered what was more depressing, the paucity of his vocabulary or the absence of musical taste.’
- ‘There is at present a paucity of evaluations of disease management programmes.’
- ‘Let me start with an apology for the paucity of blogging lately.’
Late Middle English: from Old French paucite or Latin paucitas, from paucus few.
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