underdeveloped
adjective Date: 1892 1. not normally or adequately developed <
underdeveloped muscles
>
<
underdeveloped film
>
2. having a relatively low economic level of industrial production and standard of living (as from lack of capital) <
underdeveloped nations
>
underdevelopment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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