overpopulation

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From over- (prefix meaning ‘excessive; excessively’) +‎ population.[1]

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overpopulation (countable and uncountable, plural overpopulations)

  1. (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.

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  1. ^ overpopulation, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2022; “overpopulation, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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