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living in or characteristic of farming or country life
"rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural roads"; "an economy that is basically rural"
of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city
"rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"
pertaining to less-populated, non-urban areas
Etymology: From rural < ruralis, from rus + -alis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Country; existing in the country, not in cities; suiting the country; resembling the country.
Etymology: rural, Fr. ruralis, from rura, Lat.
Lady, reserved to do pastor company honour,
Joining your sweet voice to the rural musick of desert. Philip Sidney.
Here is a rural fellow,
That will not be deny’d your highness’ presence;
He brings you figs. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
To where the silver Thames first rural grows. James Thomson.
In general, a rural area or a countryside is a geographic area that is located outside towns and cities. Typical rural areas have a low population density and small settlements. Agricultural areas and areas with forestry typically are described as rural. Different countries have varying definitions of rural for statistical and administrative purposes. In rural areas, because of their unique economic and social dynamics, and relationship to land-based industry such as agriculture, forestry and resource extraction, the economics are very different from cities and can be subject to boom and bust cycles and vulnerability to extreme weather or natural disasters, such as droughts. These dynamics alongside larger economic forces encouraging to urbanization have led to significant demographic declines, called rural flight, where economic incentives encourage younger populations to go to cities for education and access to jobs, leaving older, less educated and less wealthy populations in the rural areas. Slower economic development results in poorer services like healthcare and education and rural infrastructure. This cycle of poverty in some rural areas, means that three quarters of the global population in poverty live in rural areas according to the Food and Agricultural Organization. Some communities have successfully encouraged economic development in rural areas, with some policies such as giving increased access to electricity or internet, proving very successful on encouraging economic activities in rural areas. Historically development policies have focused on larger extractive industries, such as mining and forestry. However, recent approaches more focused on sustainable development are more aware of economic diversification in these communities.
of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as, rural scenes; a rural prospect
of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rōō′ral, adj. of or belonging to the country: suiting the country: rustic: pertaining to agriculture.—n. (obs.) a countryman.—ns. Ru′ral-dean, an ecclesiastic under the bishop and archdeacon, with the peculiar care of the clergy of a district; Ru′ral-dean′ery.—v.t. Ru′ralise, to render rural.—v.i. to become rural: to rusticate.—ns. Ru′ralism; Ru′ralist; Rural′ity.—adv. Ru′rally.—n. Ru′ralness.—adj. Ruridec′anal, pertaining to a rural dean or deanery. [Fr.,—L. ruralis—rus, ruris, the country.]
Relating to farming or country living.
They loved rural life and living.
Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'rural' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1647
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Rank popularity for the word 'rural' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2188
Rank popularity for the word 'rural' in Adjectives Frequency: #206
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The numerical value of rural in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of rural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of rural in a Sentence
Modi's second term would focus more on the rural economy and job creation rather than big-bang reforms, the pace may fail to match that witnessed in the early years of his first term.
Odds gradually increase as you move from rural to suburb to urban settings.
The government will have to ramp up awareness programs in rural India to ensure women understand the importance of vaccines and prioritize themselves in this race to secure the two shots.
We're a fairly rural county, and we get significant weather events, mostly wildfires, our county has a 25-year history of just sort of everybody -- the hospital, the school districts, law enforcement, fire agencies, federal state partners -- we just cooperate.
Outside Kigali, there are no infrastructures as what you see in Kigali. The Rwandan government has not increased employment across the country, that is why we have the majority of poverty in the rural areas.
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- قَرَوِيّ, فَلاحِيArabic
- ruralCatalan, Valencian
- tyndtbefolket, ruralDanish
- ländlich, dörflichGerman
- maalaismainen, maalais-Finnish
- ルーラル, 農村, いなかJapanese
- деревенский, сельскийRussian
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