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 (such as disease, famine, or war) widespread poverty and degradation inevitably result Malthusian worries are resurgent and people fear the consequences for an overcrowded planet — Economist
Malthusianismplay \-zhə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
Origin and Etymology of malthusian
Thomas R. Malthus
First Known Use: 1805See Words from the same year
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
Biographical Note for malthusian
Malthus \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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