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underpopulated

[ uhn-der-pop-yuh-ley-tid ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈpɒp yəˌleɪ tɪd /
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adjective
having a population lower than is normal or desirable.
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Origin of underpopulated

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

OTHER WORDS FROM underpopulated

un·der·pop·u·la·tion, noun
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How to use underpopulated in a sentence

  • 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

underpopulated
/ (ˌʌndəˈpɒpjʊˌleɪtɪd) /

adjective
having a low population rate
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