post·​in·​dus·​tri·​al | \ ˌpōst-in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce postindustrial (audio) \

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 In the east, it is clustered around the Iowa side of the postindustrial Quad Cities, Davenport and Bettendorf. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Republicans hope to flip open seat in Iowa district Trump won in 2016," 25 Sep. 2020 Trails offer an antidote to our postindustrial complacency and materialism. Nicholas Kristof, National Geographic, "America’s neglected hiking trails are more popular than ever—but they’re struggling," 8 Sep. 2020 An empty bank lobby becomes the drawing room of a postindustrial castle. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Minimized Life," 15 May 2020 But in the working class remade and discarded for the postindustrial age, there is an uptick in drug abuse, one-parent families, and indebtedness. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020 Lancy says these insights might hold lessons for parents in today’s postindustrial societies. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Playing with tools—and weapons—was a ‘normal’ part of prehistoric childhood," 18 Dec. 2019 The second feature of today’s left is geographical: It is concentrated in postindustrial metro areas and also college towns. John B. Judis, Washington Post, "I was a ’60s socialist. Today’s progressives are in danger of repeating my generation’s mistakes.," 21 Jan. 2020 His urban workplace embodies the very latest theories of postindustrial aesthetics and worker productivity. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "The Way We Work Now," 23 Jan. 2020 The aesthetics are basically identical: Both rely on character actors decked out in chunky exploration suits, fumbling their way through postindustrial corridors while contending with loudly bleeping alerts from stern computer voices. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Underwater Entertains but Doesn’t Have Much Depth," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of postindustrial

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Postindustrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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