And 38 percent of children whose mothers used cocaine while pregnant are developmentally delayed.
Adolescents at that age are “developmentally more fully formed and able to make their own decisions,” says Dr. Davis.
Santorum and Palin each have a developmentally disabled child – itself a rare phenomenon in presidential politics.
1756, "an unfolding;" see develop + -ment. Of property, with the sense "bringing out the latent possibilities," from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902. Meaning "advancement through progressive stages" is 1836.
development de·vel·op·ment (dĭ-věl'əp-mənt)
The act of developing.
The state of being developed.
A significant event, occurrence, or change.
The natural progression from a previous, simpler, or embryonic stage to a later, more complex, or adult stage.