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[paw-si-tee] /ˈpɔ sɪ ti/

smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:
a country with a paucity of resources.
smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
smallness of quantity; insufficiency; dearth
smallness of number; fewness

an insufficiency; dearth
Word Origin

Latin paucus ‘little’

late 14c., from Old French paucité (14c.) and directly from Latin paucitatem (nominative paucitas) “fewness, scarcity, a small number,” from paucus “few, little,” from PIE *pau-ko-, from root *pau- (1) “few, little” (cf. Latin paullus “little;” Old English feawe “few;” see few (adj.)).


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