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carrying capacity

Definition of Carrying Capacity

(noun) The amount of people that an area of land can support based on the amount of available resources.

Carrying Capacity Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: car·ry·ing ca·pac·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kAIR-ee-ing kuh-pAs-uh-tee/
  • British English – /kAr-iing kuh-pAs-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈkæriɪŋ kəˈpæsəti/
  • British English – /ˈkæriɪŋ kəˈpæsɪti/

Usage Note

  • Plural: carrying capacities

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Works Consulted

Chase-Dunn, Christopher, and Bruce Lerro. 2014. Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present. New York: Routledge.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Cite the Definition of Carrying Capacity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “carrying capacity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 13, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/carrying-capacity/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

carrying capacity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/carrying-capacity/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “carrying capacity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 13, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/carrying-capacity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“carrying capacity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/carrying-capacity/>.