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of or relating to the theories of T. R. , which state that population tends to increase faster, at a geometrical ratio, than the means of subsistence, which increases at an arithmetical ratio, and that this will result in an inadequate supply of the goods supporting life unless war, famine, or disease reduces the population or the increase of population is checked.
a follower of .
Contemporary Examples

And despite all the Malthusian nonsense, we’ve still got plenty of oil and natural gas, reports the National Journal’s Amy Harder.
Peak Oil Still Isn’t Real, You Guys Justin Green April 29, 2013

Workers responded by laboring harder and longer and bearing more children in a desperate attempt to outrun their Malthusian trap.
Answering a Murray Defender David Frum February 7, 2012

In the thousands of years before the Industrial Revolution, civilization was stuck in the Malthusian Trap.
Why China > Soviet Union Ryan Prior June 25, 2012

Orwellian, Malthusian, barbarous, depraved…I think you get me.
Conservatives Find Typo in Obamacare, Try to Kill People With It Michael Tomasky July 21, 2014

In my fantasy I am not simply wasting my final nights with fruitless, Malthusian ramblings.
The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks Max Brooks January 13, 2011

Historical Examples

Chalmers’s arguments are of interest mainly from their bearing upon his practical application of the Malthusian problem.
The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) Leslie Stephen

It was this experience which gave shape to his Malthusian theories.
The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) Leslie Stephen

The old Malthusian doctrine has given way before applied science.
Humanly Speaking Samuel McChord Crothers

For some time past infanticide has been common in China as a Malthusian check.
Problems of the Pacific Frank Fox

Remember the Malthusian doctrine, and that the mind breeds in even more rapid geometrical ratio than the body.
Ex Voto Samuel Bulter

of or relating to the theory of Malthus stating that increases in population tend to exceed increases in the means of subsistence and that therefore sexual restraint should be exercised
a supporter of this theory

1812, from the teachings of English economist Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1835), especially with regard to population increase. As an adjective by 1818. Related: Malthusianism.


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