un·​der·​in·​vest·​ment | \ ˌən-dər-in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce underinvestment (audio) \

Definition of underinvestment

: an insufficient amount of investment

Examples of underinvestment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New York lawmakers and political leaders can blame an unprecedented unemployment crisis caused by a global pandemic for the brokenness of the unemployment system, but evidence of their chronic underinvestment and negligence predates Covid-19. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "What If Democrats Just Promised to Make Things Work Again?," 11 Sep. 2020 While the Italian league needs an injection of cash after decades of underinvestment, Serie A would be selling a stake at a time when valuations have been knocked down by Covid-19. David Hellier, Bloomberg.com, "Private Equity Faces Uphill Battle in Italian Soccer Pursuit," 7 Sep. 2020 Corruption and mismanagement have led to the collapse of the economy and vast underinvestment in infrastructure. Jeffrey Moyo And Patrick Kingsley New York Times, Star Tribune, "'Nothing new': Zimbabweans see little change after leadership shift," 1 Aug. 2020 For seven years in the mid-2000s, Detroit didn't even have a large grocery chain, in part the result of a long history of white flight from the city and underinvestment. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "How the rise of supermarkets left out black America," 16 June 2020 Meanwhile, an increasing tax burden on working New Yorkers hasn’t been enough to reverse years of chronic underinvestment in education, health care, housing and transit. Eric Adams And Andrew Gounardes, WSJ, "A Tax on Data Could Fix New York’s Budget," 1 June 2020 Decades more of underinvestment and neglect created a system that is at capacity and doesn’t meet modern railroad standards. Washington Post, "Amtrak aspires to a 2-hour D.C.-N.Y. trip, but it’s going to take a lot more than faster trains," 2 Nov. 2019 The transport infrastructure of the north has suffered from decades of underinvestment. The Economist, "Johnson’s northern strategy To help England’s north, link it up," 18 Dec. 2019 After decades of underinvestment in health systems,... Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Coronavirus Threat South of the Border," 6 Apr. 2020

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Underinvestment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underinvestment. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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