hin"ter*land`(?), n. [G.; hinter behind + land land.] a remote and undeveloped area; originally, the land or region lying behind the coast district. The term is used esp. with reference to the so-called doctrine of the hinterland, sometimes advanced, that occupation of the coast supports a claim to an exclusive right to occupy, from time to time, the territory lying inland of the coast.
Syn. -- backwoods, back country, boondocks.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. + WordNet 1.5]
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