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underpopulated

[uhn-der-pop-yuh-ley-tid] /ˌʌn dərˈpɒp yəˌleɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
having a population lower than is normal or desirable.
Origin of underpopulated
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; under- + populate + -ed2
Related forms
underpopulation, noun
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  • Moreover, we must not forget that, Australia apart, America is even still the most underpopulated part of the globe.

  • If a territory is underpopulated, an increase in numbers increases the output and the dividend per capita.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • When the earth is underpopulated and there is an economic demand for men, democracy is inevitable.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for underpopulated

underpopulated

/ˌʌndəˈpɒpjʊˌleɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
having a low population rate
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