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zero population growth

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the maintenance of a population at a constant level by limiting the number of live births to that needed to replace the existing population.

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Origin of zero population growth

First recorded in 1965–70
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Cultural definitions for zero population growth

zero population growth

A condition in which a population neither grows nor declines, because the number of births in a year equals the number of deaths. Many industrialized countries have relatively low birth and death rates, and a steady but small population growth. Many Third World countries, however, have extremely high birth and death rates. Without effective methods of birth control, these populations grow at a phenomenal rate but without the resources to support them.

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