/ (ˌəʊvəˌpɒpjʊˈleɪʃən) /

  1. the population of an area in too large numbers

Words Nearby overpopulation

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How to use overpopulation in a sentence

  • There was, as yet, no great overpopulation of mountainous areas compelling raids or forays into piedmont zones.

  • I mustn't blame Leffingwell for solving the overpopulation problem, even though he used me as a guinea-pig in his experiments.

    This Crowded Earth | Robert Bloch
  • Cousin Yachkovich begins again at his talk on overpopulation.

    Hania | Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Statistics show, that emigration will not prevent overpopulation.

    Hania | Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Cousin Yachkovich is always discoursing on overpopulation; that is his hobby.

    Hania | Henryk Sienkiewicz

Scientific definitions for overpopulation


[ ō′vər-pŏp′yə-lāshən ]

  1. The population of an environment by a particular species in excess of the environment's carrying capacity. The effects of overpopulation can include the depletion of resources, environmental deterioration, and the prevalence of famine and disease.

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