natalism

noun
na·​ta·​lism | \ ˈnātᵊlˌizəm \
plural -s

Definition of natalism

: an attitude or policy favoring or encouraging population growth

Other Words from natalism

natalist \ -​ᵊlə̇st \ noun, plural -s

First Known Use of natalism

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for natalism

from natalist (from French nataliste, from natalité birthrate), after such pairs as Communist : Communism

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About natalism

Time Traveler for natalism

Time Traveler

The first known use of natalism was in 1971

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near natalism

Natalian

natalism

natalitial

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for natalism

Cite this Entry

“Natalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natalism. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!