an·​ti·​de·​vel·​op·​ment ˌan-tē-di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce antidevelopment (audio)
: opposed to the development of land or of a particular area of land for business or residential purposes
… real estate development plans ran afoul of the antidevelopment fervor in the Pacific Northwest.James Samuelson

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ironically, Kolisch was a stridently antidevelopment crusader back in the 1950s when the city tried to take her property as part of a large redevelopment project. J.k. Dineen,, 12 Nov. 2019 Brisbane’s antidevelopment sentiment drew the attention of former San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, who suggested in June 2016 that San Francisco annex the land if Brisbane wasn’t willing to build housing there. J.k. Dineen,, 16 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antidevelopment was in 1905

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“Antidevelopment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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