Malthusian [mal-thoo-zhuh n, -zee-uh n] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to the theories of T. R. Malthus, 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.


  1. a follower of Malthus.

Origin of Malthusian First recorded in 1805–15; Malthus + -ian Related formsMal·thu·sian·ism, nounan·ti-Mal·thu·si·an, adjective, nounan·ti-Mal·thu·si·an·ism, nounnon-Mal·thu·si·an, adjective, noun Examples from the Web for malthusian Contemporary Examples of malthusian

  • Orwellian, Malthusian, barbarous, depraved…I think you get me.

    Conservatives Find Typo in Obamacare, Try to Kill People With It

    Michael Tomasky

    July 22, 2014

  • 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 30, 2013

  • In the thousands of years before the Industrial Revolution, civilization was stuck in the Malthusian Trap.

    Why China > Soviet Union

    Ryan Prior

    June 26, 2012

  • 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 8, 2012

  • 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 14, 2011

  • Historical Examples of malthusian

  • It was this experience which gave shape to his Malthusian theories.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)

    Leslie Stephen

  • For some time past infanticide has been common in China as a Malthusian check.

    Problems of the Pacific

    Frank Fox

  • In this way the state is also subject to the Malthusian law.

    Economic Sophisms

    Frederic Bastiat

  • This is not to say that Malthusian methods are also condemned.

    Race Improvement : or, Eugenics : a Little Book on a Great Subject

    La Reine Helen Baker

  • I shall be no Malthusian, as you certainly have shown yourself.


    W. Gilmore Simms

  • British Dictionary definitions for malthusian Malthusian adjective

    1. 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


    1. a supporter of this theory

    Derived FormsMalthusianism, noun Word Origin and History for malthusian Malthusian n.

    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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