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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Its plans would fill much of the large parcels left undeveloped by Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, which initially redeveloped the mill complex before foundering in the last recession. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Clipper Mill keeps attracting developers, concerning neighbors of the historic enclave," 13 June 2018 Even so, the killings in Cabo Delgado appear localized and the attackers, whose fundamentalist ideology seems undeveloped to some observers, could also be driven by ethnic and economic resentments, as well as the interests of criminal syndicates. Washington Post, "Extremist attacks rise in energy-rich province in Mozambique," 11 June 2018 The proposed facility would have been a rustic style, white farmhouse with a covered porch on an undeveloped parcel that slopes up steeply toward the railroad tracks from White Street. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Suwanee denies request for reception hall on White Street," 2 Apr. 2018 Owned by billionaire and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, the sprawling Beverly Crest property is one of the largest undeveloped sites remaining on the Westside. Roger Vincent, latimes.com, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018 If the city opted to use undeveloped or abandoned commercial sites, such as the former Polaroid campus, for housing instead of for office buildings, homeowners would feel the pinch in their tax bills, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Live where you work? In Waltham, that’s not so easy," 8 July 2018 Padre Island, the nation’s longest stretch of undeveloped beach, is the primary nesting ground for the species. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Critically endangered sea turtle species now at Texas State Aquarium," 5 July 2018 Value/Asking Price: $1,644,550 Watson Academy for Boys 2065 Mississippi St. Value/Asking Price: $1,833,200 Duneland Village, undeveloped4018-38 W. 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 The countries where carbon emissions are less than two tons are poor and undeveloped. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte City Council approves sweeping pledge to lower carbon emissions," 25 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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