Paucity

  • 1 Paucity — Pau ci*ty, n. [L. paucitas, fr. paucus few, little: cf. F. paucit[ e] See {Few}.] 1. Fewness; smallness of number; scarcity. Hooker. [1913 Webster] Revelation denies it by the stern reserve, the paucity, and the incompleteness, of its… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 paucity — I noun absence, bare subsistence, dearth, deficiency, deprivation, destitution, drought, exigency, exiguity, famine, fewness, finite quantity, fraction, inadequacy, infrequency, insufficiency, lack, limited amount, minimum, minority, modicum,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 paucity — (n.) early 15c., from O.Fr. paucité (14c.), from L. paucitatem (nom. paucitas) fewness, scarcity, from paucus few, little, from PIE root *pau few, little (Cf. L. paullus little; O.E. feawe few; see FEW (Cf. few) ( …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 paucity — [n] lack, scarcity absence, dearth, deficiency, famine, fewness, insufficience, insufficiency, meagerness, paltriness, poverty, rarity, scantiness, scarceness, shortage, slenderness, slightness, smallness, sparseness, sparsity; concepts… …

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  • 5 paucity — ► NOUN ▪ smallness or insufficiency of supply or quantity. ORIGIN from Latin paucus few …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 paucity — [pô′sə tē] n. [ME paucyte < MFr or L: MFr paucité < L paucitas < paucus,FEW] 1. fewness; small number 2. scarcity; dearth; insufficiency …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 paucity — [[t]pɔ͟ːsɪti[/t]] N SING: N of n If you say that there is a paucity of something, you mean that there is not enough of it. [FORMAL] Even the film s impressive finale can t hide the first hour s paucity of imagination. ...the paucity of good… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 paucity — noun a) Fewness in number; a small number. But when I had crossed the threshold, I was astonished at the paucity of facts to be gleaned from the inmates themselves. b) Smallness in size or amount; meagerness. Your tax refund might be late, owing… …

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  • 9 paucity — pau|ci|ty [ˈpo:sıti US ˈpo: ] n [singular] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: paucité, from Latin, from paucus little ] less than is needed of something = ↑lack paucity of ▪ a paucity of information …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 paucity — pau|ci|ty [ pɔsəti ] noun singular FORMAL paucity of a small amount of something that is not enough: There s a paucity of quality leaders …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 paucity — noun a paucity of formal less than is needed of something: a paucity of information …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 paucity — UK [ˈpɔːsətɪ] / US [ˈpɔsətɪ] noun [singular] formal a small amount of something that is not enough paucity of: There s a paucity of quality leaders …

    English dictionary

  • 13 paucity — /paw si tee/, n. 1. smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources. 2. smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness. [1375 1425; late ME paucite < L paucitas fewness, deriv. of paucus few; see ITY] * * * …

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  • 14 paucity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. scantiness, fewness (see insufficiency). Ant., plenty. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. insufficiency, scarcity, absence; see lack 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [PAW si tee] scarcity …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 paucity — noun a paucity of evidence Syn: scarcity, sparseness, sparsity, dearth, shortage, poverty, insufficiency, deficiency, lack, want Ant: abundance …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 paucity — /ˈpɔsəti / (say pawsuhtee) noun smallness of quantity; fewness; scantiness: *This paucity of writings by and about lesbians underlies the extent to which they have been made invisible –dennis altman, 1973. {Middle English, from Latin paucitas} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 paucity — noun Etymology: Middle English paucite, from Latin paucitat , paucitas, from paucus little more at few Date: 15th century 1. smallness of number ; fewness 2. smallness of quantity ; dearth …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 paucity — Synonyms and related words: chinchiness, chintziness, dearth, exiguity, fewness, infrequency, insufficiency, meagerness, miserliness, niggardliness, poverty, rareness, rarity, restrictedness, scant, scant sufficiency, scantiness, scarceness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 paucity — see FEW …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 paucity — pau·ci·ty || pɔːsÉ™tɪ n. lack, scarcity, scantiness; fewness, state of being very few in number …

    English contemporary dictionary