1. [syn: scarcity, scarceness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scarceness \Scarce"ness\, Scarcity \Scar"ci*ty\, n.
The quality or condition of being scarce; smallness of
quantity in proportion to the wants or demands; deficiency;
lack of plenty; short supply; penury; as, a scarcity of
grain; a great scarcity of beauties. --Chaucer.
A scarcity of snow would raise a mutiny at Naples.
Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity. --Rambler.
The value of an advantage is enhanced by its
Syn: Deficiency; lack; want; penury; dearth; rareness;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small and inadequate amount [syn: scarcity,
scarceness] [ant: abundance, copiousness,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "scarcity":
absence, chinchiness, chintziness, dearth, deficiency, exiguity,
fewness, inadequacy, inadequateness, infrequence, infrequency,
insufficiency, lack, meagerness, miserliness, need, niggardliness,
occasionalness, paucity, poverty, rareness, rarity, restrictedness,
scant, scant sufficiency, scantiness, scarceness, scrimpiness,
seldomness, shortage, skimpiness, slowness, smallness, sparseness,
sparsity, stinginess, stringency, thinness, tightness,
uncommonness, underage, unfrequentness, uniqueness, unusualness,