un·​de·​vel·​oped ˌən-di-ˈve-ləpt How to pronounce undeveloped (audio)
: not developed : lacking in development
undeveloped natural resources
undeveloped potential
undeveloped film
undeveloped seeds
: such as
: not used for building, farming, industry, etc.
undeveloped land
an area of undeveloped wilderness
: having a relatively low level of industrialization and standard of living
undeveloped countries/nations

Examples of undeveloped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black explained that Tustin has little undeveloped land, so most people who move there buy older homes and fix them up, increasing property values. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Answer: If owners of real property such as a home, an office building, or undeveloped land can’t agree on whether or not to sell the real property, a partition lawsuit to sell the property should be filed. Christopher A. Combs, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 The city of Elk Grove and the Sacramento Zoological Society since 2021 have been exploring moving the Sacramento Zoo, located for almost a century at William Land Regional Park, to an undeveloped site in south Elk Grove at Kammerer Road and Lotz Parkway. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024 There is a basement with laundry (there are also laundry hookups in a closet on the top floor) and an undeveloped attic space for storage or future living space. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2024 The lift station and sewer improvements project will extend sewer availability to undeveloped land on the west side of town and be a centralized sewage system, said Daniel Ellis, the city engineer. Campbell Roper, arkansasonline.com, 23 Mar. 2024 The tennis center is one of several undeveloped or underdeveloped pieces of property around the Plaza that would provide opportunities for adding the density Platt’s talking about. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 Stone’s Bella begins as an an undeveloped human whose brain has been transplanted into the body of a woman. Zoe G Phillips, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 But Glass pressed the action into the sensational tropes of horror and left the characters and the subject undeveloped. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undeveloped was in 1736

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“Undeveloped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undeveloped. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


un·​de·​vel·​oped ˌən-di-ˈvel-əpt How to pronounce undeveloped (audio)
: lacking in development : not developed
physiologically undeveloped

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