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underdeveloped

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adjective un·der·de·vel·oped \ˌən-dər-di-ˈve-ləpt\

Simple Definition of underdeveloped

  • : not developed to a normal size or strength

  • of a country, society, etc. : having many poor people and few industries

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of underdeveloped

  1. 1 :  not normally or adequately developed <underdeveloped muscles> <underdeveloped film>

  2. 2 :  having a relatively low economic level of industrial production and standard of living (as from lack of capital) <underdeveloped nations>

underdevelopment

play \-ləp-mənt\ noun

Examples of underdeveloped in a sentence

  1. The baby was born with underdeveloped lungs.



1892

First Known Use of underdeveloped

1892


Medical Dictionary

underdeveloped

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adjective un·der·de·vel·oped \ˌən-dər-di-ˈvel-əpt\

Medical Definition of underdeveloped

  1. :  not normally or adequately developed <underdeveloped muscles> <underdeveloped lungs>





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