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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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈˌoʊvərˌpɑpjəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˌəʊvəˌpɒpjᵿˈleɪʃn/
  • Syllabification: (o·ver·pop·u·la·tion)

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 October 16, 2019 (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 October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/overpopulation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“overpopulation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/overpopulation/>.