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Malthusian

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adjective Mal·thu·sian \mal-ˈthü-zhən, mȯl-, -ˈthyü-\

Definition of Malthusian

  1. :  of or relating to Malthus or to his theory that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or disaster (as disease, famine, or war) widespread poverty and degradation inevitably result

Malthusian noun
Mal·thu·sian·ism play \-zhə-ˌni-zəm\ noun


Origin of malthusian

Thomas R. Malthus


First Known Use: 1821


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Malthusian

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adjective Mal·thu·sian \mal-ˈth(y)ü-zhən, mȯl-\

Medical Definition of Malthusian

  1. :  of or relating to Malthus or to his theory that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or by disease, famine, war, or other disaster widespread poverty and degradation inevitably result

  2. Malthusian noun



Biographical Note for malthusian

Mal·thus \ˈmȯl-thəs\play Thomas Robert (1766–1834), British economist and demographer. Malthus presented his theory of population in An Essay on the Principle of Population, which was first published in 1798 but later expanded and documented. An economic pessimist, he viewed poverty as unfortunate as well as inevitable. His thinking later had a profound influence upon Charles Darwin.


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