un·​der·​pop·​u·​lat·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce underpopulated (audio) \

Definition of underpopulated

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

Examples of underpopulated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the past year, downtown has been depressingly underpopulated. James Lileks, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Midtown is still eerily underpopulated, especially at night, when Under the Volcano is open. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 In recent years, Huawei surveillance cameras made to track cars and people have also gone up in the country’s biggest cities and in the underpopulated capital Naypyidaw. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Smart understands sympathy won’t save Texas even after traversing through weeks of underpopulated facilities, practice sessions with a handful (or fewer) of scholarship players and deepening uncertainty. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Feb. 2021 Whitetail herds overpopulated with does and underpopulated with mature bucks. Star Tribune, 7 Nov. 2020 Those estimates reject the myth of an underdeveloped, underpopulated African continent that lagged behind the development of the West. Lynsey Chutel, Quartz Africa, 13 Oct. 2020 Much happens offstage, to be reported on later, like a battle in a Shakespeare play -- which is just as well, because the visual effects tend to look like visual effects, crowd scenes are underpopulated and NASA facilities can feel threadbare. cleveland, 9 Oct. 2020 Many of us have been in funeral homes like Sebrell’s and have attended memorials of various sizes—the wakes that teem with mourners, the calling hours that feel underpopulated. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of underpopulated

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Underpopulated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpopulated. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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