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Paucity definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAU'CITY, n. [L. paucitas, from paucus, few.]
1. Fewness; smallness of number; as the paucity of schools.
2. Smallness of quantity; as paucity of blood.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an insufficient quantity or number [syn: dearth, paucity]

Merriam Webster's

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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. smallness of number or quantity. Etymology: ME f. OF paucité or f. L paucitas f. paucus few

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paucity Pau"ci*ty, n. [L. paucitas, fr. paucus few, little: cf. F. paucit['e] See Few.] 1. Fewness; smallness of number; scarcity. --Hooker. Revelation denies it by the stern reserve, the paucity, and the incompleteness, of its communications. --I. Taylor. 2. Smallnes of quantity; exiguity; insufficiency; as, paucity of blood. --Sir T. Browne.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

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 British women sprinters. N-SING: N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Fewness, small number, rarity. 2. Smallness of quantity, poverty, exiguity.

Moby Thesaurus

chinchiness, chintziness, dearth, exiguity, fewness, infrequency, insufficiency, meagerness, miserliness, niggardliness, poverty, rareness, rarity, restrictedness, scant, scant sufficiency, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, scrimpiness, skimpiness, smallness, sparseness, sparsity, stinginess, stringency, thinness, tightness, uncommonness

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