What does the word paucity mean?

    Part of speech: noun


Usage examples for paucity

  1. Every inventor knows how largely his fate lies in the hands of a competent and alert patent attorney, in both the preparation and the prosecution of his case; and Mr. Sprague is justified in observing in his Century article: " The paucity of controlling claims obtained in these early patents is remarkable." – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  2. In the first place, the poverty of the farms and the paucity of settlements created a scarcity of provisions and rendered it difficult for the French armies to resort to their customary practice of living upon the land. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
  3. To the average mind the Turk is a little better than a blood- thirsty individual with a plurality of wives and a paucity of virtues. – Spanish Life in Town and Country by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street