Etymology
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underdeveloped (adj.)

1892, in photography, from under + past participle of develop (v.). In reference to countries or regions, recorded from 1949.

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Definitions of underdeveloped

underdeveloped (adj.)
relating to societies in which capital needed to industrialize is in short supply;
Synonyms: developing
underdeveloped (adj.)
not yet fully developed;
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