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Malthusian

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

Definition of MALTHUSIAN

:  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 \-zhə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin of MALTHUSIAN

Thomas R. Malthus
First Known Use: 1821

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anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra
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Malthusian

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

Medical Definition of MALTHUSIAN

:  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
Malthusian noun

Biographical Note for MALTHUSIAN

Mal·thus \ˈml-thəs\ , 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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