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[paw-si-tee] /ˈpɔ sɪ ti/
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:
a country with a paucity of resources.
smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
Origin of paucity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English paucite < Latin paucitās fewness, derivative of paucus few; see -ity Unabridged
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  • We would never allow this paucity of journalism in print.
  • Eventually, frustrated with the paucity of tools for working directly with the brain, he started building his own.
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  • Markets might have treated this as evidence of a lack of imagination, or a paucity of profitable projects.
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  • It is disappointing, then, to note the paucity of literature on one elemental experience: disappointment.
  • Providing credit to small business in the developing world is difficult, thanks to the paucity of credit bureaus.
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  • Indeed, for that matter, this essay has a noticeable paucity of historical context.
British Dictionary definitions for paucity


smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
smallness of number; fewness
Word Origin
C15: from Latin paucitās scarcity, from paucus few
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Contemporary definitions for paucity

an insufficiency; dearth

Word Origin

Latin paucus 'little''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for paucity

late 14c., from Old French paucité (14c.) and directly from Latin paucitatem (nominative paucitas) "fewness, scarcity, a small number," from paucus "few, little," from PIE *pau-ko-, from root *pau- (1) "few, little" (cf. Latin paullus "little;" Old English feawe "few;" see few (adj.)).

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