un·​der·​pro·​duc·​tion ˌən-dər-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce underproduction (audio)
: the production of less than enough to satisfy the demand or of less than the usual amount

Examples of underproduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Topline My trusty spreadsheet reviewed a study of housing underproduction by Up For Growth that looked at construction from 2012 through 2021 for 193 US metropolitan areas — including 23 from California. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 The deficit translates to the underproduction of 36,161 residential units. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 Gary Fisher, the deputy executive director of Multifamily NW, the state’s largest apartment industry group, said his organization is happy with the steps lawmakers have taken to address Oregon’s underproduction of rental housing. oregonlive, 25 June 2023 Then the beer practically disappeared, through that startling new economic combination of underproduction and overconsumption, so that the town’s tongue was hanging out again. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2023 Oregon has the fourth highest rate of housing underproduction for its population in the nation according to a state report, and state and local leaders routinely describe the housing shortage as a crisis. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2023 On housing, Oregon ranks fourth highest in the nation for underproduction of houses and apartments with only California, Colorado and Utah doing worse at meeting their residents’ need for homes, according to a 2022 analysis. oregonlive, 31 Jan. 2023 Rather than stimulate growth, the Fed should discourage overproduction and underproduction. Assoc. WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The other is that farmers, mindful of that very risk, hold back in planting or form a cartel – classic underproduction or illicit collective agency that risks unaccountable market power of the kind antitrust laws are meant to prevent. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 5 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underproduction was in 1887

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“Underproduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underproduction. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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un·​der·​pro·​duc·​tion -prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce underproduction (audio)
: the production of less than enough to satisfy the demand or of less than the usual supply

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