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What is the opposite of numerous? I expected the answer to be innumerous, but that seems to mean too many to count. There must be a negative to numerous that isn't simply few.

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Is there something wrong with not many? If so, please clarify; if not, this is general reference. –  TimLymington Jan 19 '12 at 11:46
    
not many doesn't have the same force as numerous in the opposite direction. There may not be a strong enough antonym, though. –  Kris Jan 19 '12 at 11:57
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thesaurus.com/browse/few –  RegDwigнt Jan 19 '12 at 11:57
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closed as general reference by Will Hunting, TimLymington, FumbleFingers, Brendon, KitFox Jan 19 '12 at 13:12

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In many contexts, one antonym is scarce or scant (2b : lacking in amplitude or quantity)

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In the singular, you could use 'modicum' or 'trifle'/'trifling amount'.

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In grammatical terminology, the word paucal is commonly used, but it's not common in other situations.

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