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Definition an insufficient quantity or number
  • The party had plenty of people, but a paucity of passion.
paucity = an insufficient quantity or number
  • Everyone likes the idea, but there is a paucity of funding.
  • I was not boy, nor youth, despite my paucity of years.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • The carriers' men were able to supplement the paucity of the written words with a few more details.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • paucity = shortage (insufficient in quantity)
  • Like Waterman and McCunn, he displayed a staggering paucity of common sense.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • paucity = an insufficient quantity
  • That's not to say that there aren't raging hormones in adolescents, but there's also a paucity of the cognitive controls that are necessary for mature behavior.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • paucity = insufficient amount
  • The root of the problem is believed to be a paucity of oxygen, compounded by high pressure in the pulmonary arteries, causing the arteries to leak fluid into the lungs.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • paucity = an insufficient amount
  • With age there comes a paucity of stamina.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • "Given the paucity of Luna's so-called atmosphere."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "There's a real paucity of women."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Any inward debate Lydgate had as to the consequences of this engagement which had stolen upon him, turned on the paucity of time rather than of money.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Union is a great republic in extent, but the paucity of objects for which its Government provides assimilates it to a small State.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It was an error; but ought not the paucity of this intelligence to be taken into consideration?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We often neglect the influence of the freedman before the war, because of the paucity of his numbers and the small weight he had in the history of the nation.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • No doubt there are plenty of reasons for the relative paucity of football research, but a big one is that inquiring minds have been discouraged by the messiness of the game.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Honor becomes fantastical in proportion to the peculiarity of the wants which it denotes, and the paucity of the men by whom those wants are felt; and it is because it denotes wants of this kind that its influence is great.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • ...lived in the time before that Christian Religion was received, and authorised by Constantine the Emperour, we may find, that the Books wee now have of the New Testament, were held by the Christians of that time (except a few, in respect of whose paucity the rest were called the Catholique Church, and others Haeretiques) for the dictates of the Holy Ghost; and consequently for the Canon, or Rule of Faith: such was the reverence and opinion they had of their Teachers; as generally the...
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Glebnikov let his sentence trail off, not to imply the paucity of what he could do for the Count, but rather to suggest the abundance.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • I am inclined to attribute the singular paucity of distinguished political characters to the ever-increasing activity of the despotism of the majority in the United States.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • After seven Everest expeditions, he explained, he'd finetuned a remarkably effective acclimatization Plan that would enable us to adapt to the paucity of oxygen in the atmosphere.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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