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.
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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.
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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.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005