depopulative

depopulate

[v. dee-pop-yuh-leyt; adj. dee-pop-yuh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), depopulated, depopulating.
1.
to remove or reduce the population of, as by destruction or expulsion.
adjective
2.
Archaic. depopulated.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin dēpopulātus devastated (past participle of dēpopulārī), equivalent to dē- de- + populātus; see populate

depopulation, noun
depopulative, adjective
depopulator, noun
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depopulate (dɪˈpɒpjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
to be or cause to be reduced in population
 
depopu'lation
 
n

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depopulate
1540s, from de- + populate.
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