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DEPOPULATION. In its most proper signification, is the destruction of the people of a country or place. This word is, however, taken rather in a passive than an active one; we say depopulation, to designate a diminution of inhabitants, arising either from violent causes, or the want of multiplication. Vide 12 Co. 30.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The oil fields pump millions of dollars into the government's war effort, and thousands have fled the area around the southern town of Mankien as the fighting has moved into the region.) Critics say the exodus is the result of a deliberate government policy to depopulate the area.
Aside from the U.N., the USA itself spends $375 million a year on "family planning" programs the purpose of which is to depopulate underdeveloped countries as much as possible.
During their farming ventures they managed to depopulate a large number of villages to increase their grazing area and their profit.
Buddy McCue, a representative of the Tallahassee-based Florida Association of Insurance Agents, told the National Underwriter that carriers would only depopulate the FWUA if non-wind coverage was made available.
When efforts were made to force FEMA to "depopulate" the State Farm policies in 2011, FEMA said the deal with CSC to take over the State Farm policies would save the agency more than $50 million annually, compared to the cost of the current WYO program.
A member of the New Mexico Mutual Group, which the state created to write preferred business to depopulate New Mexico's workers' comp assigned risk pool, wrote personal auto in Arizona and homeowners in both Arizona and New Mexico before state regulators found it was unsound in 2002.
Authorities have quarantined the farm and will 'depopulate' the herd from which the new case came, Vanclief said.
Factory farms depopulate small towns by a "Wal-Mart effect." The far-off company supplies all their needs and therefore dries up the demand that smaller farms and processing plants would provide for local retail stores, supply stores, and other small businesses.