undeveloped

adjective un·de·vel·oped \ ˌən-di-ˈvel-əpt , -dē- \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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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First Known Use of undeveloped

1736

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UNDEVELOPED Defined for Kids

undeveloped

adjective un·de·vel·oped \ ˌən-di-ˈve-ləpt \

Definition of undeveloped for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

undeveloped

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

medical Definition of undeveloped

: lacking in development : not developed
  • physiologically undeveloped

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