Antonyms of noun development

1 of 9 senses of development

Sense 3
growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis -- ((biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children")
       Antonym of nondevelopment (Sense 1)
      => nondevelopment -- (failure of normal development to occur)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun development

9 senses of development

Sense 1
development -- (act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development")
       => improvement -- (the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property")

Sense 2
development, evolution -- (a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer")
       => process, physical process -- (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls")

Sense 3
growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis -- ((biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children")
       => organic process, biological process -- (a process occurring in living organisms)

Sense 4
development -- (a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!")
       => change, alteration, modification -- (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago")

Sense 5
exploitation, development -- (the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful; "the development of Alaskan resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits")
       => use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise -- (the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers")

Sense 6
development -- (a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; "such land is practical for small park developments")
       => district, territory, territorial dominion, dominion -- (a region marked off for administrative or other purposes)

Sense 7
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")
       => improvement, melioration -- (a condition superior to an earlier condition; "the new school represents a great improvement")

Sense 8
development, developing -- (processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours")
       => processing -- (preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure; "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals")

Sense 9
development -- ((music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated)
       => section, subdivision -- (a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section")

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