Meaning of Malthusianism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmalˈθjuːzɪənɪz(ə)m/


mass noun
  • The view that without ‘moral restraint’ the population will increase at a greater rate than its means of subsistence, as proposed by the English economist and clergyman Thomas Robert Malthus.

    ‘birth control became associated with Malthusianism only in the last quarter of the century’
    • ‘For our present purposes, classical Malthusianism is interesting as a paradigm case of science integration.’
    • ‘At its core, Malthusianism deals with a wide array of vexing ethical and empirical questions pertaining to multiple areas of knowledge.’
    • ‘This theory, just as classical Malthusianism, fails to account for the beneficial systemic effects of industrial civilization.’
    • ‘Vulgar forms of Malthusianism tend to assume that any given resource base can sustain only a fixed number of individuals of some species, commonly called 'carrying capacity'.’
    • ‘The preoccupation with an 'immigrant invasion' of Europe shows the extent to which Malthusianism is influencing early 21st-century thinking.’
    • ‘The individualist anarchists attacked him for his supposed Malthusianism.’
    • ‘Over the past 200 years, Malthusianism has continually reinvented itself.’
    • ‘My claim is that Malthusianism is a more dangerous doctrine than eugenics.’
    • ‘What we can reliably guess is that what will be offered will be dished out in the language of simple-mindedness, a Malthusianism for the masses.’
    • ‘Recycled Malthusianism has long been used as an excuse for simplifying complex social problems into tidy biological equations.’