noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century the quality or state of being scarce; especially want of provisions for the support of life

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  • scarcity — scar|ci|ty [ˈskeəsıti US ˈsker ] n [singular] a situation in which there is not enough of something scarcity of ▪ the scarcity of employment opportunities …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scarcity — [[t]ske͟ə(r)sɪti[/t]] scarcities N VAR If there is a scarcity of something, there is not enough of it for the people who need it or want it. [FORMAL] ever increasing scarcity of water. Syn: shortage …   English dictionary

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