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adjective     underdeveloped pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    economics an underdeveloped country or region is poor and does not have modern industries or advanced technology. Many people consider this to be an offensive word, and prefer to use the word developing.
  2. 2
    an underdeveloped person or body has not grown as much as it should have

    His legs were thin and underdeveloped.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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