Paucity is a word that many find confusing. We will examine the definition of the word paucity, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Paucity is a noun that means a lack of something, a too-small amount of something, an insufficient quantity of something, a scarcity. The word paucity has been in use since the 1400s, and is derived from the Middle English word paucite, which in turn is derived from the Latin paucitatem, which means little or few. The word paucity is most often used as an uncountable noun, though in certain circumstances it may be considered a countable noun.


The paucity of elective experience on the country’s highest tribunal is reminiscent of the remark by long-time speaker of the House of Representatives from Texas, who when told by his protégé of the brilliance of some of President John F. Kennedy’s appointees, groused that “everything you say may be true, but I’d feel a whole lot better if one of them had ever run for sheriff.” (The Minnesota Post)

Against all expectations, given the paucity of suitable days for practice and games, Tuesday’s intra-city softball showdown between North Quincy High and Quincy High was a crisply played defensive duel marked by sharp fielding and stellar pitching. (The Patriot Ledger)

This campaign became one of Conte’s self-fulfilling prophecies, as his persistent concerns about paucity of options and quality materialises in a likely finish outside the top four. (The Evening Standard)

In a country where millions are denied two meals a day and paucity of funds an excuse to curtail invest in health, education or providing clean drinking water, Federal Government gives tax amnesties to billionaires loaded with black-money.  (The Nation)

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