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 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, "A Documentary of Funeral Care for Abandoned AIDS Patients," 22 Oct. 2019 Algorithms are already used to detect vandalism and identify underpopulated articles. James Vincent, The Verge, "AI spots 40,000 prominent scientists overlooked by Wikipedia," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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