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Malthusian

[mal-thoo-zhuh n, -zee-uh n] /mælˈθu ʒən, -zi ən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the theories of T. R. Malthus, which state that population tends to increase faster, at a geometrical ratio, than the means of subsistence, which increases at an arithmetical ratio, and that this will result in an inadequate supply of the goods supporting life unless war, famine, or disease reduces the population or the increase of population is checked.
noun
2.
a follower of Malthus.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; Malthus + -ian
Related forms
Malthusianism, noun
anti-Malthusian, adjective, noun
anti-Malthusianism, noun
non-Malthusian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antimalthusian

Malthusian

/mælˈθjuːzɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the theory of Malthus stating that increases in population tend to exceed increases in the means of subsistence and that therefore sexual restraint should be exercised
noun
2.
a supporter of this theory
Derived Forms
Malthusianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antimalthusian
Malthusian
1812, from the teachings of Eng. economist Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1835), especially with regard to population increase.
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