underpopulated

[ uhn-der-pop-yuh-ley-tid ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈpɒp yəˌleɪ tɪd /

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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British Dictionary definitions for underpopulated

underpopulated
/ (ˌʌndəˈpɒpjʊˌleɪtɪd) /

adjective

having a low population rate
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