Definition of scarcity in English:

Share this entry

scarcity

Pronunciation: /ˈskersədē/

noun (plural scarcities)

The state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage: a time of scarcity the growing scarcity of resources
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
shortage, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, insufficiency, paucity, scarceness, scantness, scantiness, meagerness, sparseness, poverty;
deficiency, inadequacy;
unavailability, absence
rare exiguity, exiguousness

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: scar·ci·ty

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.