WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
scar•ci•ty /ˈskɛrsəti/USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties. shortness of supply: [countable]a scarcity of low-income housing.[uncountable]Scarcity causes prices to rise.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 scar•ci•ty
(skâr′si tē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties.
- insufficiency or shortness of supply;
- Old North French escarsete. See scarce, -ity
- Middle English scarsete(e) 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged shortage, want, lack, paucity.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
scarcity /ˈskɛəsɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
- inadequate supply; dearth; paucity
- rarity or infrequent occurrence
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