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population composition

Definition of Population Composition

(noun) A demographic “snapshot” of a population based on the birth rate, migration, and mortality rate.

Population Composition Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pop·u·la·tion com·po·si·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pahp-yuh-lAY-shuhn kahm-puh-zIsh-uhn/
  • British English – /pop-yu-lAY-shuhn kom-puh-zIsh-uhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌpɑpjəˈleɪʃən ˌkɑmpəˈzɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˌpɒpjʊˈleɪʃən ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/

Usage Note

  • Plural: population compositions

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Kendall, Diana. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Works Consulted

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.

Jary, David, and Julia Jary. 2000. Collins Dictionary of Sociology. 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins.

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Cite the Definition of Population Composition

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “population composition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/population-composition/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “population composition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/population-composition/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“population composition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/population-composition/>.