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Malthus, Thomas Robert Line breaks: Thomas Rob¦ert Mal|thus
Pronunciation: /ˈmalθəs/

Definition of Malthus, Thomas Robert in English:

( 1766–1834), English economist and clergyman. In An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) he argued that without the practice of ‘moral restraint’ the population tends to increase at a greater rate than its means of subsistence, resulting in the population checks of war, famine, and epidemic.



Pronunciation: /malˈθjuːzɪən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Pursuing a Malthusian chain of reasoning, Mill argued that the labouring class tended to deploy increased wealth not in enjoying higher per capita living standards, but in having more children.
  • However, while rising food prices indicate a growing pressure of population on land, there is in fact little evidence of a progressive Malthusian crisis of productivity in European agriculture from the late sixteenth century.
  • Adopting a pessimistic Malthusian perspective on the population problem, he argued that population would outstrip the productive capacities of the economy.


Pronunciation: /ˌmalˈθjuːzɪənɪz(ə)m/
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  • Concerning the anarchist's contention that George's advocacy of Ricardo's law of rent was an extension of Malthusianism, one can only repeat what George had often observed.
  • In 1822, Alexander Hill Everett had published his New Ideas on Population with the avowed purpose of countering the influence of Malthusianism.
  • These groups base themselves on the reactionary legacy of Malthusianism, which proclaims ‘overpopulation’ to be the source of man's problems.

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