Definition of underdeveloped in US English:

underdeveloped

adjective

  • 1Not fully developed.

    ‘underdeveloped kidneys’
    ‘the community services are underfunded and underdeveloped’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1903, a method of increasing the annual tax on vacant or underdeveloped land was adopted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet, in the final analysis, they remain just that: underdeveloped suggestions that still require substantial clarification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's worse, none of these genres is given enough time to develop, resulting in a scattered and underdeveloped plot.’
    • ‘She is often referred as odd and is picked on for being short and 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.’
    • ‘It's just not enough, though, because first, the characterisation is underdeveloped, and second, there is no attempt to establish an audience-character relationship.’
    • ‘The arts market in Yorkshire is underdeveloped, yet we know there is enormous scope for growth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The real problem is tiny, underdeveloped lungs.’
    • ‘During walks in the woods, Rusty, whose blindness is caused by underdeveloped retinas, would follow Dugan, staying right at his ear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The city has been so underdeveloped for so long that there is plenty of capacity there.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘We have seen the migration of the garment industry from the developed world to the underdeveloped world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most underdeveloped countries have not closed the development gap with advanced countries; very few have done so.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He encouraged dialogue between the wealthy industrial nations and the underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘The global mining industry thereby makes national development under global capitalism extremely difficult for underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘We should be putting resources, people, and money, into helping underdeveloped countries deal with their own serious health problems.’
      • ‘Typically, students are not taught about the global economy and the impact of free trade on underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘Since it is still considered to be an underdeveloped country, most of the economy revolves around the import and export of food.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The U.S. must work with those underdeveloped nations to improve their quality of life.’
      • ‘Citizens of economically underdeveloped countries typically have shorter life expectancies than do citizens of the developed countries.’
      • ‘There are wealthy creditors and bankrupt debtors; there are super rich countries and underdeveloped countries, super wealthy speculators and impoverished malnourished children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's absolutely correct about what we ought to do about those underdeveloped countries.’
      • ‘I have divided the thirteen largest underdeveloped countries into three groups: moderately advanced, intermediate, and poor.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 (of photographic film) not developed sufficiently to give a normal image.

Pronunciation

underdeveloped

/ˌəndərdəˈvɛləpt//ˌəndərdəˈveləpt/