carrying capacity

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carrying capacity

an estimate of the number of people that a region, a nation, or the planet can sustain.

car·ry·ing ca·pac·i·ty

(kar'ē-ing kă-pas'i-tē)
An estimate of the number of people that a region, a nation, or the planet can sustain.

carrying capacity

the capacity of a particular habitat with reference to the maximum number of organisms which that habitat can normally support, e.g. the maximum number of wading birds an estuary can support.