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Context of ScarcityPlay
Ration as a noun implies there is a limited supply of the item in question. SlideThe stranded hikers had a small ration of food to last the week.
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Quantity KnownPlay
The word 'ration' suggests a precise or controlled quantity provided to each person. SlideStudents received their daily ration of milk during lunch.
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Fair DistributionPlay
Rations are typically distributed evenly to ensure fairness during shortages. SlideDuring the outage, each household was allocated a ration of candles.