Definition of Scarcity

1. Noun. A small and inadequate amount.

Exact synonyms: Scarceness
Generic synonyms: Deficiency, Inadequacy, Insufficiency
Specialized synonyms: Dearth, Paucity, Infrequency, Rareness, Rarity
Derivative terms: Scarce, Scarce
Antonyms: Abundance

Definition of Scarcity

1. Noun. the condition of something being scarce or deficient ¹

2. Noun. an inadequate amount of something; a shortage ¹

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Definition of Scarcity

1. the quality of being scarce [n -TIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scarcity

scarce copper
scarcity (current term)
scardey cat
scardey cats
scare away
scare off
scare out of one's wits
scare quote
scare quotes
scare story
scare the bejeebers out of
scare the pants off of
scare up

Literary usage of Scarcity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, John Bagnell Bury (1897)
"The hardships of their situation were exaggerated and increased by their own impatience and anxiety ; and the apprehension of a scarcity gradually produced ..."

2. Immigration and Labor: The Economic Aspects of European Immigration to the by Isaac Aaronovich Hourwich (1922)
"Farmers generally complain of scarcity of farm labor during the agricultural season. ... scarcity of labor has not forced the farmer to pay scarcity wages, ..."

3. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1887)
"This scarcity was mainly due to the ravages of Jaswant Rao Holkar and his ... This scarcity was followed by the failure of the late rains in 1803. ..."

4. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1860)
"scarcity began to prevail in the camp. Contracts had been made with George Croghan for flour, ... In this time of scarcity the half-king, his fellow sachem, ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1904)
"scarcity and disorder J». January, 1789, and as the civil and military authorities were afraid to do their duty, multiplied and became more outrageous. ..."

6. Principles of political economy and taxation by David Ricardo (1919)
"Possessing utility, commodities derive their exchangeable value from two sources: from their scarcity, and from the quantity of labour required to obtain ..."

7. The Political History of England by William Hunt, Reginald Lane Poole (1905)
"Parliament held several debates on the scarcity. Whitbread for the second time brought in a bill for the regulation of the wages of agricultural labourers; ..."

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