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[uhn-di-vel-uh pt] /ˌʌn dɪˈvɛl əpt/
not developed.
Origin of undeveloped
1730-40; un-1 + develop + -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The pottery of the Iroquoian and Algonkian tribes of the north-east was, as a rule, rather crude and undeveloped.

  • I reflected that I myself was kin to her, had in me, latent and undeveloped, an artist's soul.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • By many gentle, indirect approaches, I perceived that part of his tail-feathers were undeveloped.

  • Some day will they assume form in some yet undeveloped light?

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The bride was magnificently dressed, in a gown that was much too elaborate for her angular and undeveloped young figure.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • I suppose it is not a very easy matter to dispose of an undeveloped mine?

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for undeveloped


not having developed or been developed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undeveloped

1736, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of develop. In reference to film, it is attested from 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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