malthusian theory
malthusian theory malthusian theory n. Malthus' theory that population increase would outpace increases in the means of subsistence; Malthusianism. See {Malthusian}. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • Malthusian theory — refers to: *Malthusian catastrophe *Neo malthusianism *Malthusian *Thomas Malthus *Malthusian growth model *Overpopulation *An Essay on the Principle of PopulationRelated: *The Population Bomb *Subsistence theory of wages *Club of Rome *Risks to… …   Wikipedia

  • Malthusian theory — noun Malthus theory that population increase would outpace increases in the means of subsistence • Syn: ↑Malthusianism • Hypernyms: ↑economic theory …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Malthusian — Mal*thu sian, a. Of or pertaining to the political economist, the Rev. T. R. Malthus, or conforming to his views; as, Malthusian theories. See {Malthus}. [1913 Webster] Note: Malthus held that population tends to increase faster than its means of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Malthusian — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the theory of the English economist Thomas Malthus (1766 1834) that, if unchecked, the population tends to increase at a greater rate than its means of subsistence. ► NOUN ▪ an adherent of Malthus …   English terms dictionary

  • Malthusian — [mal tho͞o′zhən, mal tho͞o′zē ən] adj. of Malthus and his theory that the world population tends to increase faster than the food supply with inevitable disastrous results unless natural restrictions, such as war, famine, and disease, reduce the… …   English World dictionary

  • Malthusian growth model — The Malthusian growth model, sometimes called the simple exponential growth model, is essentially exponential growth based on a constant rate of compound interest. The model is named after the Reverend Thomas Malthus, who authored An Essay on the …   Wikipedia

  • Malthusian trap — The Malthusian trap, named after political economist Thomas Robert Malthus, suggests that for most of human history, income was largely stagnant because technological advances and discoveries only resulted in more people, rather than improvements …   Wikipedia

  • Malthusian — Mal·thu·sian mal th(y)ü zhən, mȯl adj of or relating to Malthus or to his theory that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or by disease, famine, war, or… …   Medical dictionary

  • Malthusian — adjective Etymology: Thomas R. Malthus Date: 1821 of or relating to Malthus or to his theory that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or disaster (as disease …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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