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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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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As Tess grew older, and began to see how matters stood, she felt quite a Malthusian towards her mother for thoughtlessly giving her so many little sisters and brothers, when it was such a trouble to nurse and provide for them.
This miserable Malthusian nonsense should be ridiculed, and we should listen instead to the likes of Mark Carney, who this week insisted that capitalism is part of the solution.
I, too, have written to query whether Climate Change is the 21st century manifestation of the Malthusian Theory, but the 'natural disaster' theory simply is not powerful enough to counteract the unchecked population growth.
In the view of Malthusian Poverty Trap-a chronic situation where fixed scare resources would not be enough to feed the ever-increasing population create a dependency burden-, China took some pre-emptive measures introducing coercive policies on population control: the one-child policy in 1979.
The rich are becoming comfortable by the day whereas the poor is seeing his problems multiply at Malthusian ratio.
class="MsoNormalEver since Malthusian times, the ability of the global food supply to feed the human population has been challenged.
According to the Malthusian theory (1798) of population, in a series of 25 years intervals the food grows at a slow arithmetic ratio as 1,2,3,4 while the human population grows at a quick geometric ratio as 2, 4, 6, 8, and 16.
This Malthusian idiocy doesn't completely ruin the film, though many critics who gave it a positive appraisal nevertheless wondered why Thanos didn't consider using the infinite powers he sought for the purposes of that population culling to, um, create more resources or otherwise improve humanity's lot.
The typical explanation is that humanity was stuck in a Malthusian trap.
He scolds us for not studying famine in tandem with other kinds of man-made atrocity as often or as closely as we should and he reminds us to, once and for all, put away the convenient Malthusian paradigm (which posits that there will be a forced return to subsistence-level conditions once population growth has outpaced agricultural production) which is 'comprehensively refuted yet tirelessly comes back to haunt us.'
The collection covers progress, population, and nature from the Age of Reason to the mid-19th century; the aesthetic and subjective appreciation of nature: Alexander von Humboldt; Darwin and his contemporaries; in the wake of George Perkins March; key trends in 19th-century environmentalism; and the Malthusian shadow over the 20th century.