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 (măl′thəs), Thomas Robert 1766-1834.
British economist who wrote An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798), arguing that population tends to increase faster than food supply, with inevitably disastrous results, unless the increase in population is checked by moral restraints or by war, famine, and disease.

Mal·thu′sian (-tho͞o′zhən, -zē-ən) adj. & n.
Mal·thu′sian·ism n.


(Economics) 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
(Economics) a supporter of this theory
Malˈthusianism n


(mælˈθu ʒən, -zi ən)

1. pertaining to the theories of Malthus, which state that population increases faster than the means of subsistence unless war, famine, or disease intervenes or efforts are made to limit population.
2. a follower of Malthus.
Mal•thu′sian•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Malthusian - a believer in Malthusian theory
believer, truster - a supporter who accepts something as true
Adj.1.Malthusian - of or relating to Thomas Malthus or to MalthusianismMalthusian - of or relating to Thomas Malthus or to Malthusianism; "Malthusian theories"
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