overconsumption

noun
over·​con·​sump·​tion | \ ˌō-vər-kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən How to pronounce overconsumption (audio) \

Definition of overconsumption

: excessive consumption or use of something the overconsumption of fossil fuels overconsumption of alcohol The flip side of deficient saving, of course, is overconsumption. At its peak in 1987, household expenditure as a percentage of national income was 74%, almost four percentage points above the highest levels reached during the previous two decades.— Robert S. Gay

First Known Use of overconsumption

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Overconsumption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overconsumption. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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