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Definition of Malthusian

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of or pertaining to Thomas Malthus or his theories
Malthusian Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Of or pertaining to the political economist, the Rev. T. R. Malthus, or conforming to his views; as, Malthusian theories.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\mal*thu"sian\ (?), a. of or pertaining to the political economist, the rev. t. r. malthus, or conforming to his views; as, malthusian theories.
note: malthus held that population tends to increase faster than its means of subsistence can be made to do, and hence that the lower classes must necessarily suffer more or less from lack of food, unless an increase of population be checked by prudential restraint or otherwise.

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The Devil's Dictionary
Malthusian, (adj.)

Pertaining to Malthus and his doctrines. Malthus believed in artificially limiting population, but found that it could not be done by talking. One of the most practical exponents of the Malthusian idea was Herod of Judea, though all the famous soldiers have been of the same way of thinking.
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

1. a believer in Malthusian theory
(hypernym) believer, truster

1. of or relating to Thomas Malthus or to Malthusianism; "Malthusian theories"
(pertainym) Malthus, Thomas Malthus, Thomas Robert Malthus
Malthusian Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Malthusianism is a school of ideas derived from the political/economic thought of the Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus, as laid out in his 1798 writings, An Essay on the Principle of Population, which describes how unchecked population growth is exponential (1→2→4→8) while the growth of the food supply was expected to be arithmetical (1→2→3→4). Malthus believed there were two types of "checks" that could then reduce the population, returning it to a more sustainable level. He believed there were "preventive" checks such as moral restraints (abstinence, delayed marriage until finances become balanced), and restricting marriage against persons suffering poverty and/or defects. Malthus believed in "positive checks", which lead to 'premature' death: disease, starvation, war, resulting in what is called a Malthusian catastrophe. The catastrophe would return population to a lower, more "sustainable", level. The term has been applied in different ways over the last two hundred years, and has been linked to a variety of other political and social movements, but almost always refers to advocates of population control.

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