non·​rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ary | \ ˌnän-ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce nonrevolutionary (audio) \

Definition of nonrevolutionary

: not revolutionary: such as
a : not of, relating to, or constituting a revolution a nonrevolutionary era Even by nonrevolutionary standards, riots in England were not all that riotous, as another historian has observed.— Gertrude Himmelfarb
b : not favoring or promoting revolution nonrevolutionary middle class attitudes
c : not constituting or bringing about a major or fundamental change a welcome but nonrevolutionary innovation

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Recent Examples on the Web But during the Cultural Revolution the genre was banned, along with other nonrevolutionary literature, and even science itself was subjected to ideological-purity tests. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of nonrevolutionary

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonrevolutionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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