Adjective "Scant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Barely sufficient or adequate.
  1. 'Dismissing cochlear implants as risky, very expensive and of limited achievement does scant justice to their proven value.'
  2. 'The relatively scant amount of English written law is due not to wars and problems of documentary survival, but to its distance from post-Roman legal culture.'
  3. 'The ball was pumped high and handsome from end to end, with scant regard for skill or teamwork, and this took place in perfect conditions on a summer's evening that appeared to be made for football.'
  4. 'You adapted the monarchy successfully to the modern world - and that has been a challenge because it is a world that can pay scant regard to tradition and often values passing fashions above enduring faith.'
  5. 'So far they've paid scant attention to the rebel's scheme.'
  6. 'And scant evidence suggests DDT gets into the environment in significant amounts when sprayed indoors.'
  7. 'Before, scant data existed on the quantity of fluoride in the national food supply and, therefore, on our overall dietary fluoride consumption.'
  8. 'The limited information provided on this test was scant and imprecise, and I found it of no assistance.'
  9. 'You chose to use the motorway with scant regard for others, for your own purposes and your own enjoyment, and that is a crime in itself.'
  10. 'Various military commanders were sent to the troubled colony, but they were given limited resources and scant encouragement from home.'
  11. 'she weighed a scant two pounds'
  12. 'Hardly wearing out its welcome at a scant 50 minutes, the feature is accompanied by the shorts Intent, Strap 'Em Down!'


Provide grudgingly or in insufficient amounts.
  1. 'the press regularly scants a host of issues relating to safety and health'
  2. 'Since all the power of psychodrama resides in the human face and voice, the physical world is scanted and this limits the visual aspects of the moviemaking.'
  3. 'Our unprecedented affluence also explains much, although its role as a facilitator has been relatively scanted in most discussions of anti-Americanism that I have seen.'
  4. 'This point of view is very successful at accounting for the arbitrarily fast connection between the outcomes of correlated measurements, but it scants the objective features of the quantum state.'
  5. 'A high operations tempo means that generals, understandably, strain every nerve to keep front line units manned with the best people - even if that scants the educational system of teachers and top students.'
  6. 'Now it's Mozart's poise, craft and wit that tend to get scanted.'
  7. 'By scanting phonics, the city has actually put minority kids at double risk.'


1. barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.

2. limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.

3. barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.

4. having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of): scant of breath. verb (used with object)

5. to make scant; diminish.

6. to stint the supply of; withhold.

7. to treat slightly or inadequately. adverb

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be scant in comparisons."

"trades can be scant in/at/on weeks."

"facilities can be scant in places."

"details can be scant of deals."

"details can be scant about situations."

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Middle English: from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr ‘short’.