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 nonhierarchically (audio) also  -​hir-​ˈär-​ \ adverb

Examples of nonhierarchical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization is operated entirely by volunteers, with a decision-making body called a steering committee that is nonhierarchical and multiracial. Puja Prakash, Vogue, "Liberation Library Is Pushing for Prison Abolition, One Book at a Time," 25 Aug. 2020 This dovetails well with Cunningham’s asymmetrical, nonhierarchical sense of space. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, "Dancing with Merce Cunningham in Three Dimensions," 9 Dec. 2019 On set, the stars deliberately cultivated an idealized simulacrum of the broader industry — female-led, open, nonhierarchical, mutually supportive. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "Sandra Bullock and Mindy Kaling Break Out of ‘Actress Solitary Confinement’," 4 May 2018 The selection of material bears out the sort of eclectic, nonhierarchical sensibility that this quote suggests. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Chicago jazz bassist Joe Policastro shares a love for film and TV themes on his new trio album," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nonhierarchical

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonhierarchical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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