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English definition of “underdeveloped”

underdeveloped

adjective
 
 
/ˌʌndədɪˈveləpt/ US   /-dɚ-/
ECONOMICS having little or no modern industry, few modern services, and a weak economy: Many of these regions are very underdeveloped.
not as advanced or powerful as possible or expected: They have a good brand name but it is underdeveloped. The reason for the underdeveloped state of the country's capital markets is decades of economic mismanagement.
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