mis·​de·​vel·​op·​ment ˌmis-di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce misdevelopment (audio)
plural misdevelopments
: the act, process, or result of developing in an incorrect or misdirected manner : improper development
misdevelopment of the reproductive tract

Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdevelopment was in 1841

Dictionary Entries Near misdevelopment

Cite this Entry

“Misdevelopment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdevelopment. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?