Definition of scarcity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskeəsəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskersəti//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. scarcities)
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if there is a scarcity of something, there is not enough of it and it is difficult to obtain it synonym shortage a time of scarcity a scarcity of resourcesExtra examples In times of scarcity, lions will travel great distances in search of food. Old properties in the town have acquired a scarcity value. There is a great scarcity of food in the drought-stricken areas. The job was made more difficult because of a scarcity of data. We must ensure that the animals are given food in times of scarcity.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scarcity