anti-hierarchical

adjective
an·​ti-hi·​er·​ar·​chi·​cal | \ ˌan-tē-ˌhī-(ə-)ˈrär-ki-kəl, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-hierarchical (audio) also -hir-ˈär- \
variants: or less commonly antihierarchical

Definition of anti-hierarchical

1 : opposed to hierarchy … a habit of mind that was secular, rationalist, and anti-hierarchical.— Mary Gordon
2 : deliberately or emphatically not hierarchical Such an engagement was born of an equalitarian, consensus-building, antihierarchical approach to leadership that created its mobilization structure.— Belinda Robnett

First Known Use of anti-hierarchical

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anti-hierarchical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-hierarchical. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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