underpopulated

adjective
un·der·pop·u·lat·ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlā-təd \

Definition of underpopulated 

: having a lower density of population than is normal or desirable

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Ten Years Taiwan kicks off on Lanyu, a small, windswept and underpopulated island off the eastern coast of Taiwan. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018 While evidently made with the most earnest good intentions, this humanistic study of life in and around an underpopulated Native American reservation is gratuitously slow, ponderous and performed with awkward stiffness by its unfortunate cast. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Land': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 2 Mar. 2018 For all the recent growth in neighborhoods like Dumbo and Williamsburg, large pockets of the city remain underpopulated and underdeveloped. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "The Case for the Subway," 3 Jan. 2018 But elsewhere in Miranda’s shrinking world, with its De Chirico shadows in underpopulated streets, Thoman conjures beauty and shudders in equal measure. Sheri Linden, latimes.com, "Exceptional Mireille Enos stars in sexy, shadowy thriller 'Never Here'," 19 Oct. 2017 To be sure, there was no place near Germany that was uninhabited or even underpopulated. Timothy Snyder, Slate Magazine, "Hitler’s American Dream," 8 Mar. 2017 But other underpopulated frontier countries have, despite their apparent self-interest, successfully resisted immigration from different societies before. Nicholas M. Gallagher, National Review, "America Needs to Reconcile Its Id and Superego," 11 July 2017 Third, the system to determine seats by states will give greater representation to rural, underpopulated areas, which is where Chávismo — the movement named after the late Hugo Chávez and behind Maduro — is stronger. Javier Corrales, Washington Post, "Venezuela’s government wants to write a new constitution. That way lies autocracy.," 15 May 2017 The touch of underpopulated unreality has an unexpected emotional pull. Sheri Linden, latimes.com, "'As Good as You' looks at grief in both smart and mushy ways," 8 June 2017

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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