from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage: a scarcity of food that was caused by drought.
- n. Rarity of appearance or occurrence: antiques that are valued for their scarcity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the condition of something being scarce or deficient
- n. an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sparingness; parsimony; niggardliness; stinginess.
- n. The state or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity or number, or smallness in proportion to the wants or demands; absolutely, deficiency of things necessary to the subsistence of man; dearth; want; famine.
- n. Synonyms Scarcity, Dearth, Famine. Scarcity of the necessities of life is not so severe as dearth, nor dearth so severe as famine. Primarily, dearth is a scarcity that is felt in high prices, and famine such scarcity that people have to go hungry; but both are generally stronger than their derivation would suggest, famine often standing for extreme difficulty in getting anything whatever to support life.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small and inadequate amount
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The types of anxiety that I associate with this level are what I refer to as scarcity and avoidance.
The American scholar, Regina Schwartz, in a provocative book on the dangers of monotheism as reflected in the Jewish and Christian Bible (The Curse of Cain, Chicago 1997), has argued that underlying this question in Scripture is a tension between what she calls scarcity and plenitude.
This excitement and mania put what I call a "scarcity premium" on shares - sending Cisco shares to sell for more than 188 times earnings at the height of the dot-com bubble.
This removes the notion of scarcity from a definition - not that scarcity isn't important, but it always helped my students think about problems like relative abundance more easily.
I don't understand how you can say scarcity is not important in some parts of economics.
Or as Michael Mandel might put it, that's one of the "big chunks of the economy where scarcity is not important, in any but a formal sense."
It's easy to believe that scarcity is not important, when you have fallen victim to the illusion of abundance.
Yes, scarcity is a major part of this trade, largely due to the unlimited wants us as a nation and world posses.
While the problem of land scarcity is an issue, this recalls Le Corbusier at his absolute worst, and is a pretty ironic design for a French city.
“Since scarcity is produced by desire, there is no technoloical threat on the horizon.”