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too little of something

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paucity - lack

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If there is a ‘paucity’ of something, then there is too little of it. This formal word is not only used in relation to the number or amount of something, but also to refer to abstract concepts such as a lack of experience or knowledge. A good way to remember how to use it is to think of the similar word ‘pauper’, which describes a person lacking in means.

Synonyms scarcity,insufficiency
Antonyms abundance,amplitude

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  1. At the moment there is a paucity of information regarding the issue, so I need you to look into it in more detail and report back to me.

  2. I really don’t think John is right for the job, mostly due to his paucity of experience.

  3. There is a paucity of shops and services in my area, which makes it quite an inconvenient place to live.

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