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Definition of scarcity:

  1. 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.


poverty, lack, want, failure, scattering, crunch, rarity, excess, poverty, scarceness, deficit, scantness, hairsbreadth, few, defect, lacuna, group, minority, underage, scantiness, drought, lack, famine, one or two, inadequacy, shortcoming, undersupply, inadequateness, shortfall, shortage, inadequacy, deficiency, pinch.

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