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underdeveloped

[ uhn-der-di-vel-uhpt ]
/ ˌʌn dər dɪˈvɛl əpt /
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adjective
improperly or insufficiently developed.
Photography. (of a negative) less developed than is normal, so as to produce a relatively dark positive lacking in contrast.
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Origin of underdeveloped

First recorded in 1890–95; under- + develop + -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for underdeveloped

underdeveloped
/ (ˌʌndədɪˈvɛləpt) /

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