Nearby words

  1. developing agent,
  2. developing country,
  3. developing nation,
  4. developing world,
  5. developing-out paper,
  6. development area,
  7. development education,
  8. development rights,
  9. development system,
  10. development well

Origin of development

1745–55; develop + -ment, or < French développement

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British Dictionary definitions for developmental



the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing
the product or result of developing
a fact, event, or happening, esp one that changes a situation
an area or tract of land that has been developed
Also called: development section the section of a movement, usually in sonata form, in which the basic musical themes are developed
  1. the process of developing pieces
  2. the manner in which they are developed
  3. the position of the pieces in the early part of a game with reference to their attacking potential or defensive efficiency
Derived Formsdevelopmental, adjectivedevelopmentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for developmental
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Medicine definitions for developmental




The act of developing.
The state of being developed.
A significant event, occurrence, or change.
The natural progression from a previous, simpler, or embryonic stage to a later, more complex, or adult stage.
Related formsde•vel′op•mental (-mĕntl) adj.

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