controlled distribution of scarce resources, goods, or services

Rationing is when a person gives away a low amount of an already lowering amount of resources, goods, services,[1] or an artificial restriction of demand.

Rationing controls the size of the ration, which is one's allowed portion of the resources being distributed on a particular day or at a particular time.[2]


  1. "Rationing". The New Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th ed.). 1994. government policy consisting of the planned and restrictive allocation of scarce resources and consumer goods, usually practiced during times of war, famine or some other national emergency.
  2. Cox, Stan (2013). "Any way you slice it: The past, present and future of rationing". New Press Books.