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noun [S]     /ˈpɔː.sɪ.ti/ US  /ˈpɑː.sə.t̬i/ formal
the fact that there is too little of something: There is a paucity of information on the ingredients of many cosmetics.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of paucity noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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