nonhierarchical

adjective
non·​hi·​er·​ar·​chi·​cal | \ ˌnän-ˌhī-(ə-)ˈrär-ki-kəl How to pronounce nonhierarchical (audio) also -hir-ˈär- \

Definition of nonhierarchical

: not hierarchical especially : not divided into, organized by, or involving different levels of importance or status a nonhierarchical organization/structure All great groups have extraordinary leaders. It's a paradox, really, because great groups tend to be collegial and nonhierarchical, peopled by singularly competent individuals who often have an anti-authoritarian streak. — Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman

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Other Words from nonhierarchical

nonhierarchically \ ˌnän-​ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈrär-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nonhierarchical (audio) also  -​hir-​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of nonhierarchical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In March 1982 these activists, primarily progressive Catholics and Protestants, publicly established the Sanctuary Movement, which became a nonhierarchical network of hundreds of congregations across the country. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, 19 Nov. 2020 They're attracted by the high-tech facilities and opportunities for research; the easy, nonhierarchical interaction between faculty and students; and the open, social environment on campuses. Jon Younger, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The following six principles serve as building blocks for establishing a nonhierarchical organization. Elizabeth Talerman, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Establish a nonhierarchical team structure rooted in responsibility and respect. Elizabeth Talerman, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Mariposas Rebeldes is a nonhierarchical collective. Eva Reign, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2021 Leaders emerged spontaneously within many nonhierarchical models, with varying levels of acceptance among the rest of the collaborative group. Lettie Prell, Wired, 4 Dec. 2020 In March 1982 these activists, primarily progressive Catholics and Protestants, publicly established the Sanctuary Movement, which became a nonhierarchical network of hundreds of congregations across the country. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2020 At the Sheraton, organizers and volunteers committed to a leaderless and nonhierarchical structure, and designated the hotel an explicitly abolitionist space where police were not welcome. Gili Ostfield, The New Republic, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of nonhierarchical

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonhierarchical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonhierarchical. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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