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Definition of "paucity" [pau•ci•ty]

  • Smallness of number; fewness. (noun)
  • Scarcity; dearth: a paucity of natural resources. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "paucity" in a sentence
  • "Flash works when time is in paucity, and when readers need a tiny piece of wonderful writing to make them smile."
  • "“The Progressive Era,” concluded Kolko, “was characterized by a paucity of alternatives to the status quo, a vacuum that permitted political capitalism to direct the growth of individualism in America, to shape its politics, to determine the ground rules for American civilization in the twentieth century, and to set the stage for what was to follow.”"
  • "Some writers would not use the word paucity in this place without first knowing the meaning of it, but I am not that way."