The first compound is said to be hydrolyzed more easily than the 2nd compound below under Alkaline medium . How is this possible ?
I thought due to resonance, -NO2 acquires negative charge which faces repulsion from the solvation effect by basic medium. But it will be relatively easier for oxygen in -CH3O( in 2nd compound) to donate its electrons to have it in resonance with benzene. But this contradicts with answer. Where am I going wrong?