I've been looking for a word which is very close semantically to 'overpopulation'. Popular Internet dictionaries show words like 'overcrowding' or 'congestion', which are too general for me. I know that there is no such thing as 'the exact synonym', but if anybody can think of anything more adequate than my examples, I would be delighted if that person shared it with me.

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    Inhabitant-saturation. – CodyBugstein Jan 23 '13 at 23:57
  • You haven't given us any indication what you want in this synonym. Formal o informal? Technical or non-technical? Do you know it already but just can't seem to remember it? Do you just want to add some variety to a passage you're writing? We have no idea what you want. Did you check a thesaurus first? – Mitch Jan 29 '14 at 13:55
  • I'm having difficulty splitting 'abstruse' and 'recondite'. They both seem to be used in exactly the same way. Very rarely. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 5 '16 at 11:19

Maybe you can use the phrase exceedance of carrying capacity to describe an overpopulation?

The carrying capacity of a biological species in an environment is the maximum population size of the species that the environment can sustain indefinitely, given the food, habitat, water and other necessities available in the environment.

Or simply, a teeming population.


Proliferation is a nice word that I would play with in the context you describe.


I know I'm a little late to the show. But, as a student of this issue, I would note that "overpopulation" has become a controversial phrase; many reflexively reject the concept out of hand. Maybe try: seeking "optimum population," a phrase that's more current and less apt to incite grow-the-economy-at-all-costs types.


An overabundance of cows in a barn may cause methane explosions.

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