Definition of paucity in US English:

paucity

noun

  • The presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.

    ‘a paucity of information’
    • ‘There is at present a paucity of evaluations of disease management programmes.’
    • ‘There is no scheme in all these projects to solve the paucity of clean, safe drinking water.’
    • ‘Instead the search engines are simply reporting the paucity of information on the internet about these people.’
    • ‘Sorry for the paucity of posts over the past few days but I'm in a state of upheaval known as ‘job change’.’
    • ‘There is also a paucity of texts and supporting popular science literature available in Urdu.’
    • ‘The response is governed by the paucity of credible alternatives.’
    • ‘The man has an amazing amount of energy which covers for the paucity of his material.’
    • ‘Much of this product is now powerloom woven, due to a paucity of labour.’
    • ‘The paucity of these qualities in the present Republic would stagger them.’
    • ‘To those outside the subculture it may appear as if there is a paucity of other alternatives.’
    • ‘Let me start with an apology for the paucity of blogging lately.’
    • ‘Will the present paucity of lackadaisical dreamers affect our future cultural heritage?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The paucity of water and the consequent thefts are beginning to weaken the social fabric in the countryside.’
    • ‘Recently the city has been widely criticised for the paucity of its 60th anniversary plans.’
    • ‘In ordinary circumstances the paucity of players might have been expected.’
    • ‘He bemoans the shortage of trained music teachers and a paucity of school music lessons.’
    • ‘The paucity of humility shown by the Government in the face of such antipathy is stomach-churning.’
    • ‘I also would like to apologise for the paucity of posts over the past few days.’
    • ‘I wondered what was more depressing, the paucity of his vocabulary or the absence of musical taste.’
    insufficiency, deficiency, scantness, scarcity, scarceness, sparseness, dearth, poverty, shortage, want, lack, undersupply
    scarcity, sparseness, sparsity, dearth, shortage, rarity, rareness, poverty, insufficiency, deficiency, inadequacy, famine, lack, want, meagreness, limitedness, scantiness, skimpiness, paltriness, restrictedness, deficit, shortfall
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French paucite or Latin paucitas, from paucus ‘few’.

Pronunciation

paucity

/ˈpôsədē//ˈpɔsədi/