Malthusian

[ mal-thoo-zhuh n, -zee-uh n ]
/ mælˈθu ʒən, -zi ən /

adjective

of or relating 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

a follower of Malthus.

Origin of Malthusian

First recorded in 1805–15; Malthus + -ian

Related forms

Mal·thu·sian·ism, nounan·ti-Mal·thu·si·an, adjective, nounan·ti-Mal·thu·si·an·ism, nounnon-Mal·thu·si·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-malthusian

Malthusian

/ (mælˈθjuːzɪən) /

adjective

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

a supporter of this theory

Derived Forms

Malthusianism, noun
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