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    undeveloped or underdeveloped

    Both (undeveloped or underdeveloped) countries and advanced countries have problems with increase in population. Overpopulation causes diverse problems. Occurring problems(Problems occurring) in (undeveloped or underdeveloped) countries are different from problems(the ones) in advanced countries.
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    Which would you use between undeveloped and underdeveloped in contrast to "advance countries"?

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    #2

    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    I think "underdeveloped" is preferable.

    You do know what "diverse" means, don't you?

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    #3

    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    You need a space before each open parenthesis.
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    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Both underdeveloped and advanced countries have problems with increases in population. Overpopulation causes many problems. Problems occurring in underdeveloped countries are different from problems in advanced countries.
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    Which would you use if you were choosing between undeveloped and underdeveloped countries?
    Underdeveloped.
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    #5

    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    Underdeveloped sounds terribly insulting, patronising, western-centric, politically-incorrect and misguided to me. It suggests some kind of deficiency (under- usually means not enough) as if certain countries are inferior to others based on how developed they are. (Note, there is no concept of overdeveloped.)

    Undeveloped is not appropriate as there are no longer any undeveloped countries on Earth. A more accurate choice might be developing, but since all countries are constantly developing, this term is almost meaningless.

    I suggest less developed versus more developed.


    (Also, don't say advanced unless you say in what way. Economically advanced? Technologically advanced? Industrially? Culturally? Spiritually? It's important to be clear about what you mean.)
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    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    Whether or not it could logically apply to all countries, the term developing​ is widely used.
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    #7

    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    [Not an economist]

    Underdevelopment has a specific meaning in economics based on a certain theory of global capitalism.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underdevelopment

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    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    The similarly awful term Third World also used to be widely used. To refer to only some countries as developing suggests to me they need to catch up.

    (You can sense this is one of those pet hates of mine!)

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    #9

    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    They do need to catch up if they want to efficiently use their resources and participate in the global economy. It's not a term of moral judgement. It's a technical term about GDP and trade balances etc.

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    #10

    Re: undeveloped or underdeveloped

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    [Not an economist]

    Underdevelopment has a specific meaning in economics based on a certain theory of global capitalism.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underdevelopment
    Well, I'm not sure it does have a specific meaning actually, but if it does, I'm saying this is not a good word to use. And yes, the term is definitely based on a certain antiquated 19th Century idea of global capitalism.

    (Why send me this Wiki page? Have you read it? It is badly written, almost completely senseless in places.)

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