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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəˌpɒpjʊˈleɪʃn̩/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌoʊvɚˌpɑpjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/, /ˈoʊvɚ-/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: over‧pop‧u‧lat‧ion
- (biology, demography) An excessive number of occupants (people, animals, plants, etc.) in a particular area; specifically, when the number of occupants exceeds the ability of that area to provide for them.
- 1860 August–December, John Ruskin, “Essay I. The Roots of Honour.”, in “Unto This Last:” Four Essays on the First Principles of Political Economy, London: Smith, Elder and Co., […], published 1862, OCLC 6901700, page 162:
- I hope for another end, though not, indeed, from any of the three remedies for over-population commonly suggested by economists. These three are, in brief—Colonization; Bringing in of waste lands; or Discouragement of Marriage.
- 1891 February–December, Robert Louis Stevenson, “Depopulation”, in In the South Seas […], New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, published 1896, OCLC 18755491, part I (The Marquesas), page 37:
- Over the whole extent of the South Seas, from one tropic to another, we find traces of a bygone state of over-population, when the resources of even a tropical soil were taxed, and even the improvident Polynesian trembled for the future.
excessive number of occupants in a particular area; specifically, when the number of occupants exceeds the ability of that area to provide for them