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Definition of postindustrial

: occurring in, existing in, or being a period of social and economic development after the predominance of large-scale industry postindustrial towns Coastal hubs like New York and San Francisco have staked their futures on postindustrial technology, finance, and business services.— Aaron M. Renn

Examples of postindustrial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Buffalo in 2021 is a postindustrial city searching for identity that isn’t centered on chicken wings, snowstorms or football. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 The debate presents a conundrum for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose electoral success was built by wooing blue-collar votes in postindustrial towns with the promise of jobs and investment. Max Colchester, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2021 The imperative to replace the 10 million square feet of office space obliterated on 9/11 led to the disposition of office towers around the open memorial, like a postindustrial Stonehenge. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 But its medium — shredded automotive tires — gives it a postindustrial, apocalyptic gravitas that conjures the future, not the past. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 The Twin Cities, in particular, seem to have been granted an exemption from the postindustrial malaise that has defined other Midwestern cities. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Late one evening in October 2019, Don Baugh beached his kayak on the rocky shore of Pyne Poynt Park, a 15-acre postindustrial green space abutting a polluted backwater in Camden, New Jersey. Jacob Baynham, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2021 Oh, and one open-air venue that really gets it right — vibrant mural art, a cool postindustrial setting, lively food and drinks — is Centro/Vivir (1414 NE. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 Yet even this toxic broth supports an ecosystem of a sort, offering a key insight into how nature responds to human impact and a glimmer of hope as to how life might adapt to a postindustrial world. Cal Flyn, WSJ, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of postindustrial

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Postindustrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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