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Definition of Overpopulation

(noun) When an area has too many inhabitants to support the population’s needs (e.g., food, water).

Overpopulation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: o·ver·pop·u·la·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /oh-vuhr-pahp-yuh-lAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /oh-vuh-po-pyu-lAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈˌoʊvərˌpɑpjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
  • British English – /ˌəʊvəˌpɒpjᵿˈleɪʃn/

Usage Note

  • Plural: overpopulations

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Cite the Definition of Overpopulation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “overpopulation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 16, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/overpopulation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “overpopulation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 16, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/overpopulation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“overpopulation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/overpopulation/>.