carrying capacity


: the maximum population (as of deer) that an area will support without undergoing deterioration

Examples of carrying capacity in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carrying capacity was in 1857

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“Carrying capacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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