: owning so much unprofitable or encumbered land as to lack funds to develop the land or pay the charges due on it

Examples of land-poor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Persian Gulf, incidentally, is another land-poor, cash-rich enclave that has reached into the surrounding seas to extend its salable square footage. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of land-poor was in 1873

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“Land-poor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/land-poor. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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