Definition of underdeveloped in English:



  • 1Not fully developed.

    ‘underdeveloped kidneys’
    ‘the community services are underfunded and underdeveloped’
    • ‘The city has been so underdeveloped for so long that there is plenty of capacity there.’
    • ‘In 1903, a method of increasing the annual tax on vacant or underdeveloped land was adopted.’
    • ‘When the plot is so haphazard, the themes so underdeveloped, the characters so sketchy, such obvious imagery seems to be hopeless compensation for the film's failure to articulate anything else competently.’
    • ‘The real problem is tiny, underdeveloped lungs.’
    • ‘The arts market in Yorkshire is underdeveloped, yet we know there is enormous scope for growth.’
    • ‘He's awkward, he's aimless, he has no friends - he's a poster boy for emotionally underdeveloped young moderns everywhere, the victim of a nameless and invisible sickness of the societal soul.’
    • ‘Because the brain or respiratory system may be immature or underdeveloped, the baby may not be able to regulate his or her own breathing normally.’
    • ‘This country, he said, was a land of unlimited opportunities, with a growing middle class and an impressive savings rate, yet with an underdeveloped banking system ripe for reform.’
    • ‘She is often referred as odd and is picked on for being short and underdeveloped.’
    • ‘It's just not enough, though, because first, the characterisation is underdeveloped, and second, there is no attempt to establish an audience-character relationship.’
    • ‘Some of the beats aren't bad, but there's just nothing exceptional about this album - no hooks and slightly underdeveloped voices - nothing really to keep you coming back.’
    • ‘We will do that, but I regret to report that in my experience, the internet is still an underdeveloped and relatively small phenomenon in their world.’
    • ‘What's worse, none of these genres is given enough time to develop, resulting in a scattered and underdeveloped plot.’
    • ‘During walks in the woods, Rusty, whose blindness is caused by underdeveloped retinas, would follow Dugan, staying right at his ear.’
    • ‘The band's songs are underdeveloped in the sense that they earnestly try to cram a catchy melody into every minute of every song, which dilutes the potency of the album as a whole.’
    • ‘The old man watched her go, a slight underdeveloped girl, wearing a ragged pair of boys' shorts too big for her, a lustrous mop of untidy hair falling in glossy black waves almost to her bony shoulders.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, there are times in the film, especially during the second half, when the plot is somewhat scattered, leaving many introduced themes unfinished or underdeveloped.’
    • ‘It's tough being a student; between lack of funds, daytime classes and that underdeveloped work ethic, it's almost impossible to diligently pursue something.’
    • ‘Yet, in the final analysis, they remain just that: underdeveloped suggestions that still require substantial clarification.’
    • ‘Without giving too much away, the tepid love story is just one of several underdeveloped subplots, all of which culminate with the men eventually entering the Royal Horticultural Society's garden contest.’
    stunted, small, short, little, tiny, petite, small-boned, slight, compact, minuscule, miniature, mini, diminutive, dwarfish, elfin, bantam, runtish, puny
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    1. 1.1 (of a country or region) not advanced economically.
      ‘a recurring issue in all underdeveloped countries is a lack of credit’
      • ‘The U.S. must work with those underdeveloped nations to improve their quality of life.’
      • ‘The burden of debt is made even worse when it is considered that the area is one of the most economically underdeveloped regions in South Africa.’
      • ‘A recurring issue in all underdeveloped countries is a lack of credit.’
      • ‘Under such a system, manufacturing organizations would be centred on those parts of the world where labour is both most competent and most tractable, leading to the economic development of underdeveloped regions.’
      • ‘Citizens of economically underdeveloped countries typically have shorter life expectancies than do citizens of the developed countries.’
      • ‘We have seen the migration of the garment industry from the developed world to the underdeveloped world.’
      • ‘Since it is still considered to be an underdeveloped country, most of the economy revolves around the import and export of food.’
      • ‘There are wealthy creditors and bankrupt debtors; there are super rich countries and underdeveloped countries, super wealthy speculators and impoverished malnourished children.’
      • ‘He's absolutely correct about what we ought to do about those underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘We should be putting resources, people, and money, into helping underdeveloped countries deal with their own serious health problems.’
      • ‘The global mining industry thereby makes national development under global capitalism extremely difficult for underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘Typically, students are not taught about the global economy and the impact of free trade on underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘He encouraged dialogue between the wealthy industrial nations and the underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘The budget should reflect policy priorities of social needs cluster departments as a re-affirmation of government's strategic focus on developing the poor and underdeveloped communities.’
      • ‘As a result, satellites will be instrumental in helping to raise the standard of living in many underdeveloped countries where there is little or no communications infrastructure.’
      • ‘Most underdeveloped countries have not closed the development gap with advanced countries; very few have done so.’
      • ‘How citizens would be persuaded to make such a move remains unclear, and the assumption that these underdeveloped regions could offer enough profitable jobs to sustain a large influx of people is equally dubious.’
      • ‘When economic expansion began to decline in the 1970s, it was more profitable to export capital to underdeveloped countries where wages were low, than to import workers.’
      • ‘I have divided the thirteen largest underdeveloped countries into three groups: moderately advanced, intermediate, and poor.’
      • ‘It is possible to build a critical audience and a variety of tastes but that takes time and consistency, not an easy task for underdeveloped countries with no money or devotion to long-term goals.’
  • 2(of a photographic film) not developed sufficiently to give a normal image.