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nounplural noun scarcities

  • The state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage.

    ‘a time of scarcity’
    • ‘the growing scarcity of resources’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In general, beech nuts have been regarded as food for humans in times of famine or scarcity.’
    • ‘Such is the official apathy that drought and food scarcities have found little space for intellectual discussions and strategic planning.’
    shortage, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, insufficiency, paucity, scarceness, scantness, meagreness, sparseness, scantiness, poverty
    rarity, rareness, infrequency, sparseness, uncommonness, unusualness
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/ˈskersədē/ /ˈskɛrsədi/