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scarcity

[skair-si-tee] /ˈskɛər sɪ ti/
noun, plural scarcities.
1.
insufficiency or shortness of supply; dearth.
2.
rarity; infrequency.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English scarsete(e) < Old North French escarsete. See scarce, -ity
Related forms
nonscarcity, noun, plural nonscarcities.
Synonyms
1. shortage, want, lack, paucity.
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British Dictionary definitions for scar city

scarcity

/ˈskɛəsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
inadequate supply; dearth; paucity
2.
rarity or infrequent occurrence
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Word Origin and History for scar city

scarcity

n.

c.1300, from Old North French escarcete (Old French escharsete), from eschars (see scarce).

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The basic problem on which classical economic theory is built: simply, that human wants will always exceed the resources available to fulfill those wants. This tenet was challenged by the rise of what John Kenneth Galbraith described as the affluent society.

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