V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a lack of something; 2. a small or insufficient number of something

Synonyms: scarcity, insufficiency, dearth, lack, absence

Antonyms: plenty, profusion

Tips: Paucity has its roots in the Latin word paucus, "few" or "little." When there is not enough of something, there is a paucity of it. See the related word dearth for more information.

Usage Examples:

Thereís a paucity of good real estate deals right now, so Iím just going to wait until the market improves. (scarcity, lack)

We have a paucity of employees in the office this week, since so many people are out due to the flu. (fewness, absence)

I've tried to learn more about this illness, but there's a paucity of information about it on the web. (scarcity, lack)

The rescue workers had to deal with the paucity of food, water, and clothing available for the victims of the disaster. (insufficiency, scarcity)

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