Definition of Malthus

1. Noun. An English economist who argued that increases in population would outgrow increases in the means of subsistence (1766-1834).

Exact synonyms: Thomas Malthus, Thomas Robert Malthus
Generic synonyms: Economic Expert, Economist
Derivative terms: Malthusian

Definition of Malthus

1. Proper noun. (surname rare from=Middle English dot=) derived from the (etyl enm) word for malthouse. ¹

2. Proper noun. ''Specifically,'' Thomas Malthus, English demographer and political economist, who proposed the view that population growth always exceeds the growth of the necessary food supply. ¹

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Literary usage of Malthus

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1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"Malthus has, perhaps, suffered more than any great writer from popular misunderstanding. His wide inductions have been forgotten ; and his principles have ..."

2. History and Criticism of the Labor Theory of Value in English Political Economy by Albert Conser Whitaker (1904)
"Malthus was a prolific and inconsistent writer on the subject of value.1 His statement ... Malthus denied the validity of Ricardo's labor- cost regulator, ..."

3. Economic Studies by Walter Bagehot (1888)
"Malthus. THE next great advance in Political Economy was made almost in as unlikely a manner. In the middle of the last century there lived in the south of ..."

4. Readings in the History of Education: A Collection of Sources and Readings by Ellwood Patterson Cubberley (1920)
"Reprint of the sixth edition, London, 1890) The Essay by Malthus, a work of over ... THE REVEREND TR Malthus (1766-1834) The arguments which have been urged ..."

5. The Growth of English Industry and Commerce by William Cunningham (1892)
"The success achieved by Malthus in investigating the doctrine of population is ... Almost alone among economists, Malthus had set himself to establish the ..."

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