[ uhn-der-pop-yuh-ley-tid ]

  1. having a population lower than is normal or desirable.

Origin of underpopulated

First recorded in 1880–85; under- + populate + -ed2

Other words from underpopulated

  • un·der·pop·u·la·tion, noun

Words Nearby underpopulated

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How to use underpopulated in a sentence

  • We can see how this domino effect might unfold by looking at which congressional districts, rather than counties, are over- and underpopulated.

    Where America Lost And Gained Population Could Help Democrats In Redistricting | Nathaniel Rakich (nathaniel.rakich@fivethirtyeight.com) | August 25, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
  • 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
  • Moreover, we must not forget that, Australia apart, America is even still the most underpopulated part of the globe.

  • It is incredibly rich in plant growth, incredibly underpopulated.

    It's All Yours | Sam Merwin

British Dictionary definitions for underpopulated


/ (ˌʌndəˈpɒpjʊˌleɪtɪd) /

  1. having a low population rate

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