underdevelopment


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un·der·de·vel·oped

 (ŭn′dər-dĭ-vĕl′əpt)
adj.
1. Not fully developed: seeds with underdeveloped embryos.
2. Processed in too weak a developing solution, or for too short a time, or at too low a temperature to produce a normal degree of contrast. Used of film.
3. Having a low level of economic productivity and technological sophistication within the contemporary range of possibility; developing: underdeveloped countries.

un′der·de·vel′op·ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underdevelopment - state of inadequate developmentunderdevelopment - state of inadequate development; "much poverty can be traced to the underdevelopment of industry"
development - a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess); "after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter"; "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
2.underdevelopment - (photography) inadequate processing of film resulting in inadequate contrastunderdevelopment - (photography) inadequate processing of film resulting in inadequate contrast
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
developing, development - processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"
Translations

underdevelopment

[ˈʌndədɪˈveləpmənt] Nsubdesarrollo m

underdevelopment

n. subdesarrollo, no desarrollado.
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And yet it is commonly agreed that Africa constitutes the biggest challenge in the global struggle against poverty and underdevelopment. Mallaby said existing methods for dealing with the chaos on our continent have been tried and found wanting.
They will be subjected to the process of globalization but on discriminatory terms that are likely to reproduce the development of underdevelopment (Frank, 1960).
Here is the familiar pattern of purporting to solve "underdevelopment" by emulating Western levels of modernization, even though the possibility of "catching up" is doomed from the start.
In it I set out some of the basic features of the world system and focus on the economic processes and policies which "develop underdevelopment" in the third world, and which thus contribute to the global job crisis; on the processes which reduce to "irrelevance" almost 1 billion human beings.
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ANTONIO MARIA Costa, former executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and director general of the UN Office in Vienna, said in October 2005 that crime is both the cause and consequence of poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment. This is the case in Central America, South America, Western Asia, the Golden Triangle and much of Africa.
Political scientist Way investigates why pluralism emerged in so many countries under inhospitable conditions characterized by weak civil societies, underdevelopment, and the lack of democratic history.
Grubbs (history, Georgia State U.) examines American representations of development and underdevelopment in Africa during the depth of the Cold War, not in order to propose yet another authoritative and competitive explanation for the continent's woes, but to clear a trail that might open new intellectual territory for further exploration.
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