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Fourth World

also fourth world
n.
1. The least-developed and poorest nations of the Third World, especially those in Africa and Asia that lack mineral wealth.
2. The collection of peoples, especially ethnic and religious minorities, that lack widespread recognition as nations or are subject to economic or political discrimination.

Fourth′-World′ adj.
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Fourth World

n
1. (Economics) the poorest countries in the most undeveloped parts of the world in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
2. (Economics) the poorest people in developed countries
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Fourth′ World′


n.
the world's poorest and least developed nations, esp. in Africa and Asia.
[1970–75]
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