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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 malthusianism

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 malthusianism

Malthusian

n.

1812, from the teachings of English economist Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1835), especially with regard to population increase. As an adjective by 1818. Related: Malthusianism.

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malthusianism in Culture
Malthusianism [(mal-thooh-zhuh-niz-uhm, mal-thooh-zee-uh-niz-uhm)]

A pessimistic viewpoint on population and world resources, based on the doctrines of Thomas Malthus. Malthusianism holds that population tends to increase faster than the supply of food, thus preventing the steady progress of mankind. Malthus advocated premarital chastity, late marriage, and sexual abstinence as partial solutions.

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