un·de·vel·oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈvel-əpt , -dē- \

Definition of undeveloped 

: not developed : lacking in development undeveloped natural resources undeveloped potential undeveloped film undeveloped seeds : such as

a : not used for building, farming, industry, etc. undeveloped land an area of undeveloped wilderness

b : having a relatively low level of industrialization and standard of living undeveloped countries/nations

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The problem is, a group of developers has proposed $75 million residential development for that 2.6-acre lot, the largest undeveloped piece of real estate at The Banks. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals suggest location for Banks music venue. Luken says leaders ignored 'the elephant in the room'," 7 June 2018 Cost of the club, which occupies a previously undeveloped piece of the east side concourse at Rio Tinto Stadium, was just under $2.5 million. SI.com, "Numbers Behind the MLS Ambition Rankings: Western Conference Clubs," 23 Apr. 2018 More than 300 homes are planned for one of Oceanside’s last large undeveloped pieces of land, 71 acres near a Sprinter train station at the city’s border with Vista. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Homes planned for 71-acre site near Melrose Sprinter station," 11 Apr. 2018 The analysis compared the health of people who had the least amount of access to green space — defined as open, undeveloped land, parks and street greenery — with those who had the most. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health," 12 July 2018 At 20 percent, runoff doubles, compared with undeveloped land. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 Asking prices on the schools and properties range from a low of $39,300 for undeveloped land on Mount Street and 9th Avenue to $5,648,300 for Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School, 920 E. 19th Ave. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary's empty schools have seen vandalism, arson and neglect. Now, they're going on the real estate market.," 28 June 2018 Cobb commissioners decided to spend the last of the money from a 2017 park bond issuance to purchase 30 acres of undeveloped land in East Cobb that had once been eyed for a large senior housing development. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb Parks: County approves purchase of 30 acres of Tritt property," 26 June 2018 The Demilitarized Zone is a 2½-mile-wide strip of undeveloped land separating North and South Korea, technically still at war since 1950. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "An unexpected consequence of the thaw between the two Koreas: a budding real estate boom along the DMZ," 20 June 2018

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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un·de·vel·oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈve-ləpt \

Kids Definition of undeveloped

1 : not used for farming or building on undeveloped land

2 : having few large industries and a simple economic system an undeveloped country

3 : not fully grown or matured


un·de·vel·oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈvel-əpt \

Medical Definition of undeveloped 

: lacking in development : not developed physiologically undeveloped

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