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overpopulation

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noun over·pop·u·la·tion \ˌō-vər-ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən\

Simple Definition of overpopulation

  • : a situation in which too many people or animals live in a certain area

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overpopulation

  1. :  the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, an impaired quality of life, or a population crash

Examples of overpopulation in a sentence

  1. He is studying the problem of deer overpopulation.



1802

First Known Use of overpopulation

1802


OVERPOPULATION Defined for Kids

overpopulation

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noun over·pop·u·la·tion \ˌō-vər-ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of overpopulation for Students

  1. :  the condition of having too many people living in a certain area




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overpopulation

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noun over·pop·u·la·tion \ˌō-vər-ˌpäp-yə-ˈlā-shən\

Medical Definition of overpopulation

  1. :  the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, an impaired quality of life, or a population crash

overpopulated

\-ˈpäp-yə-ˌlāt-əd\play adjective



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