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 for rural
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rural \Ru"ral\, a. [F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the
     country. Cf. Room space, Rustic.]
     1. 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.
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              Here is a rural fellow; . . .
              He brings you figs.                   --Shak.
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     2. Of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy.
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     Rural dean. (Eccl.) See under Dean.
  
     Rural deanery (Eccl.), the state, office, or residence, of
        a rural dean.
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     Syn: Rustic.
  
     Usage: Rural, Rustic. Rural refers to the country itself;
            as, rural scenes, prospects, delights, etc. Rustic
            refers to the character, condition, taste, etc., of
            the original inhabitants of the country, who were
            generally uncultivated and rude; as, rustic manners; a
            rustic dress; a rustic bridge; rustic architecture,
            etc.
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                  We turn
                  To where the silver Thames first rural grows.
                                                    --Thomson.
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                  Lay bashfulness, that rustic virtue, by;
                  To manly confidence thy throughts apply.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rural
      adj 1: living in or characteristic of farming or country life;
             "rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural
             roads"; "an economy that is basically rural" [ant:
             urban]
      2: of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city;
         "rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "rural":
     Arcadian, agrarian, agrestic, agricultural, agronomic, arable,
     arcadian, bucolic, campestral, countrified, country, exurban, farm,
     farming, genuine, geoponic, georgic, homespun, idyllic,
     inartificial, lowland, native, natural, naturelike, outland,
     pastoral, provincial, rustic, simple, sylvan, unadorned,
     unaffected, unartificial, unassuming, undesigning, undisguising,
     undissembling, undissimulating, unembellished, unfeigning,
     unpretending, unpretentious, unsophisticated, unspoiled,
     unvarnished, upland
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RURAL. That which relates to the country, as rural servitudes. See Urban. 
  
  

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