What does the word scarcity mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Scantiness; insufficiency. scarceness.

Usage examples for scarcity

  1. And he'd been disappointed, too, by the scarcity of birds and flowers. – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
  2. The true cause of the advance in the price of labour is thus concealed, and the rich affect to grant it as an act of compassion and favour to the poor, in consideration of a year of scarcity, and, when plenty returns, indulge themselves in the most unreasonable of all complaints, that the price does not again fall, when a little rejection would shew them that it must have risen long before but from an unjust conspiracy of their own. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  3. It scarcely need be remarked that the high price of butchers' meat at present, and its low price formerly, were not caused by the scarcity in the one case or the plenty in the other, but by the different expense sustained at the different periods, in preparing cattle for the market. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus