Definition of underdevelopment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

underdevelopment

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌʌndədɪˈveləpmənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərdɪˈveləpmənt//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a situation in which a country, society, etc. has few industries and a low standard of living trapped in a cycle of poverty and underdevelopment