having a population lower than is normal or desirable.

1880–85; under- + populate + -ed2

underpopulation, noun
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underpopulated (ˌʌndəˈpɒpjʊˌleɪtɪd)
having a low population rate

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Example sentences
The world will be underpopulated by the end of the century.
In its attempts to suggest a milieu, the book feels underpopulated and devoid of texture.
Don't stop in underpopulated areas to ask directions.
In a depletion region the conduction band is underpopulated, so generation prevails.
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