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  • n. The property of being scarce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being scarce.
  • n. Deficiency; dearth.
  • n. Bareness; infrequency of occurrence; uncommonness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small and inadequate amount


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scarce +‎ -ness


  • 'He setteth the poor on high, an letteth the runagates continoo in scarceness.'

    Oldtown Folks

  • I've had a lot going on lately, as you may have guessed by my semi-scarceness.

    The Real Deal 2.0—Doin' It!

  • You may have noticed my (LowerManhattanite's) scarceness over the last week-and-a-half or so.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Vendors were selling turtledoves, which were valuable because they had to be captured lest they migrate away in times of scarceness.


  • Once a Kitchen thread centered on the scarceness of yellow onions, so when I saw them en la tienda, I scooped them up and made haste en la cocina.

    English joke of the month to translate into Spanish

  • But she was taken away seven years ago, and I have no other kindred that I know of, besides my Aunt Poyser, who is very good to me, and would have me come and live in this country, which to be sure is a good land, wherein they eat bread without scarceness.

    Adam Bede

  • The wild and solitary character of the country, the imperfect diffusion of knowledge, the scarceness of general topics of conversation, and the romantic adventurous life that every one leads in a land where travelling is yet in its primitive state, all contribute to cherish this love of oral narration, and to produce a strong infusion of the extravagant and incredible.

    The Alhambra

  • [The] curaca emphasized that this quipu is based by its nature on the scarceness of words, and its composition key and its reading key lie in its syllabic division.

    Talking Knots of the Inka

  • Applied to food, dearth = scarceness; dainty = choice, delicious.

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

  • Whether she did or did not write it, the fact remains that a work so vividly representative of Restoration life and literature is rescued from the obscurity to which its scarceness has hitherto condemned it and worthily preserved for scholars and amateurs of the future.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple


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