overpopulation
noun Date: 1802 the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, an impaired quality of life, or a population crash

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  • Overpopulation — Graph of human population from 10,000 BC–2000 AD showing the unprecedented population growth since the 19th century Overpopulation is a condition where an organism s numbers exceed the carrying capacity of its habitat. The term often refers to… …   Wikipedia

  • overpopulation — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)pɒpjʊle͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT If there is a problem of overpopulation in an area, there are more people living there than can be supported properly. ...young persons who are concerned about overpopulation in the world. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • overpopulation — o|ver|pop|u|la|tion [ˌəuvəpɔpjuˈleıʃən US ˌouvərpa:p ] n [U] when there are too many people living in a particular place ▪ efforts to reduce overpopulation >overpopulated [ˌəuvəˈpɔpuleıtıd US ˌouvərˈpa:p ] adj ▪ our overpopulated cities …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overpopulation — o·ver·pop·u·la·tion (ō vər pŏp yə lāʹshən) n. Excessive population of an area to the point of overcrowding, depletion of natural resources, or environmental deterioration. * * * Situation in which the number of individuals of a given species… …   Universalium

  • overpopulation — noun A situation which occurs when the number of occupants of an area exceeds the ability of that area to provide for those occupants …   Wiktionary

  • overpopulation —   when there are more than enough people to exploit all the resources of an area such that the marginal return to each person is lower than that of the optimal population …   Geography glossary

  • overpopulation — over·pop·u·la·tion .ō vər .päp yə lā shən n the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, an impaired quality of life, or a population crash over·pop·u·lat·ed päp yə .lāt əd adj …   Medical dictionary

  • overpopulation — Synonyms and related words: avalanche, deluge, embarras de richesses, enough, extravagance, extravagancy, flood, inundation, landslide, lavishness, money to burn, more than enough, overabundance, overaccumulation, overbounteousness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • overpopulation — n. excessive population; population which is unsustainable by the space and resources available …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overpopulation — See: overpopulated …   English dictionary

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