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underdeveloped

[uhn-der-di-vel-uh pt] /ˌʌn dər dɪˈvɛl əpt/
adjective
1.
improperly or insufficiently developed.
2.
Photography. (of a negative) less developed than is normal, so as to produce a relatively dark positive lacking in contrast.
3.
developing (def 2).
Origin of underdeveloped
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; under- + develop + -ed2

underdevelop

[uhn-der-di-vel-uh p] /ˌʌn dər dɪˈvɛl əp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to develop (something) short of the required amount:
to underdevelop film.
Origin
Related forms
underdevelopment, noun
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Examples from the Web for underdeveloped
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  • In some ways, compared to those of Terra, the industries of Tepokt were underdeveloped.

    Exile Horace Brown Fyfe
  • An overdeveloped child is likely to be an underdeveloped man.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • We must encourage the development of resources and enterprises in all parts of the country, particularly in underdeveloped areas.

  • His father and grandfather had been illiterate men and he had inherited their underdeveloped brain cells.

  • The men had better heads than the women, underdeveloped yet comparatively well balanced.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • Though immature and underdeveloped by Terran standards, she had a fair figure for a Dry-town woman.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • This is because it is underdeveloped, the chemicals acting too quickly to allow it to gain density.

British Dictionary definitions for underdeveloped

underdeveloped

/ˌʌndədɪˈvɛləpt/
adjective
1.
immature or undersized
2.
relating to societies in which both the surplus capital and the social organization necessary to advance are lacking
3.
(photog) (of a film, plate, or print) processed in developer for less than the required time, thus lacking in contrast

underdevelop

/ˌʌndədɪˈvɛləp/
verb
1.
(transitive) (photog) to process (a film, plate, or paper) in developer for less than the required time, or at too low a temperature, or in an exhausted solution
Derived Forms
underdevelopment, noun
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Word Origin and History for underdeveloped
adj.

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

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underdeveloped in Medicine

underdeveloped un·der·de·vel·oped (ŭn'dər-dĭ-věl'əpt)
adj.
Not adequately or normally developed; immature.

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