Malthus, Thomas

Cultural Dictionary
Malthus, Thomas [(mal-thuhs)]

A British economist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially concerned with overpopulation.

Note: Malthusian theories hold that populations will always increase faster than food supplies and that, therefore, hunger will always exist among the poorest populations (see Malthusianism).
Note: Malthus's pessimistic views, along with those of David Ricardo, earned economics the reputation of being the “dismal science.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: malthus
Next Definition: malthusian
Words Near: malthus, thomas
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for malthus, thomas
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing malthus, thomas
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;