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- Of or pertaining to the Rev. T. R. Malthus (1766–1834), an English economist, or to the doctrines set forth in his “Essay on the Principle of Population.” In this work he first made prominent the fact that population, unless hindered by positive checks, as wars, famines, etc., or by preventive checks, as social customs that prevent early marriage, tends to increase at a higher rate than the means of subsistence can, under the most favorable circumstances, be made to increase. As a remedy ho advocated the principle that society should aim to diminish the sum of vice and misery, and check the growth of population, by the discouragement of early and improvident marriages, and by the practice of moral selfrestraint.
- n. A follower of Malthus; a believer in Malthusianism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the political economist, the Rev. T. R. Malthus, or conforming to his views. See Malthus.
- n. A follower of Malthus.
- n. a believer in Malthusian theory
- adj. of or relating to Thomas Malthus or to Malthusianism
- From Malthus + -ian. (Wiktionary)
“In 1877, Dr. C.R. Dr.sdale founded the Malthusian League, and edited a periodical, _The Malthusian_, aided throughout by his wife, Dr. Alice Dr.sdale Vickery.”
“H = Le/loge2 ~ 1. 44Le ( 'bits'/generation) where Le is the substitutional load measured in 'Malthusian parameters'.”
“The world's population has exploded in Malthusian numbers.”
“My point is that when you look at the data from a country perspective, it appears that there are two modes of economic development: imperceptible improvement (what Clark calls the Malthusian trap); or rapid, accelerating gains in the standard of living.”
“Often these well-meaning folk were what I would describe as Malthusian Social Darwinists for whom Garrett Hardin's 'lifeboat ethic' was gospel the very same folks who are regressive and simple minded in the Sierra Club when it comes to immigration and population issues; Paul Ehrlich's work looms large here too.”
“The figure is well formed, except the bosom, whose shape prolonged lactation, probably upon the principle called Malthusian, soon destroys; hence the first child is said to “make the breasts fall.””
“The Rev.Dr. Thomas Robert Malthus, who in 1798 issued the first of those works which exemplified what is called the Malthusian doctrine, also advocated celibacy or absolute continence until middle age.”
“He was, that is, a Malthusian in the sense of believing that the great problem was essentially the problem of raising the self-respect and spirit of independence of the poor.”
“The figure is well formed, except the bosom, whose shape prolonged lactation, probably upon the principle called Malthusian, soon destroys; hence the first child is said to "make the breasts fall.”
“This is done by so-called Malthusian measures, which the British monarchy baldly asserts must be done to lower the human population of the planet, and that quickly, from about 6.7 billions persons, to a monstrously ignorant and brutish, greatly stupefied, far, far less than two.”
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