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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.


(Biography) Thomas Robert. 1766–1834, English economist. He propounded his population theory in An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)


(ˈmæl θəs)

Thomas Robert, 1766–1834, English economist.
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