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third world

Underdeveloped or developing countries, as in The conditions in our poorest rural areas resemble those in the third world. This expression originated in the mid-1900s, at first denoting those countries in Asia and Africa that were not aligned with either the Communist bloc nations or the non-Communist Western nations. Because they were for the most part poor and underdeveloped, the term was transferred to all countries with those characteristics, and later still to poorer groups within a larger prevailing culture.
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Trade between third-world countries should be direct.
A system of generalized preferences should be established between third-world countries.
Payments from one third-world country to another should not pass through non-third-world intermediaries.
Further, assumptions about human nature among Third-World peoples differ from those prevalent among Westerners.
The first focuses on the macrolevel context and analyzes the different ways in which Third-World organizations need to respond strategically to their environment.
It is in this context--uptown art capitalism meets third-world arrivisme--that the Guggenheim's exhibition must be understood.
During her stay in office, Gandhi organized a conference of nonaligned third-world nations in 1983, which was attended by diplomats from 101 countries.
In 1983, Gandhi organized a conference of nonaligned third-world nations, which was attended by diplomats from 101 countries.
Many third-world countries are burdened with first-class levels of judicial corruption.
Buscaglia's essay proposes a framework that will describe and evaluate corrupt activities in third-world judicial systems.
This joint venture reflects EJ Financial's aggressive pursuit of foreign and third-world markets and our commitment to educating and improving the health care system in developing countries, and providing them with the most advanced technology for the treatment of critically ill patients," said Dr.