underdeveloped

adjective un·der·de·vel·oped \ ˌən-dər-di-ˈve-ləpt \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of underdeveloped

1 : not normally or adequately developed
  • underdeveloped muscles
  • underdeveloped film
2 : having a relatively low economic level of industrial production and standard of living (as from lack of capital)
  • underdeveloped nations

underdevelopment

play \ˌən-dər-di-ˈve-ləp-mənt\ noun

Examples of underdeveloped in a Sentence

  1. The baby was born with underdeveloped lungs.

Recent Examples of underdeveloped from the Web

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First Known Use of underdeveloped

1892


UNDERDEVELOPED Defined for English Language Learners

underdeveloped

adjective

Definition of underdeveloped for English Language Learners

  • : not developed to a normal size or strength

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


Medical Dictionary

underdeveloped

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

medical Definition of underdeveloped

: not normally or adequately developed
  • underdeveloped muscles
  • underdeveloped lungs


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