0

What is the general scale for rarity adjectives? On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being 'abundant' and 10 being 'extremely scarce', what adjectives could be used to describe the areas in between? For example, what would a two be?

2
  • 2
    I doubt any pair of users here could agree on a single "unambiguously-correct" list of such terms. It's all a matter of opinion. Apr 14 '17 at 20:23
  • I don't think it's impossible in principle to give an evidence-based (rather than opinion-based) answer to this question. Compare What is worse than “mediocre”?
    – herisson
    Apr 14 '17 at 23:22
2

As has been said in a comment, no two users will place these adjectives exactly in the same position. Then again, their positions can't be very different from this:

  1. omnipresent
  2. abundant
  3. frequent
  4. common
  5. occasional
  6. uncommon
  7. sporadic
  8. rare
  9. unique
  10. nonexistent
3
  • 2
    I might add unique or singular or similar in there between 9 and 10, and if 10 is "nonexistent" then maybe 1 (or 0?) should be something like ubiquitous or pervasive or omnipresent? (I would tell you +1, but this seems to be +2.)
    – 1006a
    Apr 14 '17 at 21:10
  • @1006a Good suggestions.
    – Centaurus
    Apr 14 '17 at 23:01
  • #10 can't be "non-existent" - how can you classify something that doesn't exist?
    – TrevorD
    Apr 14 '17 at 23:28

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.