post·​war | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌwär How to pronounce postwar (audio) \

Definition of postwar

: occurring or existing after a war especially : occurring or existing after World War II

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Their current projects include an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk, a biopic of American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and a drama series set in the postwar New York fashion world. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The Obamas are officially Oscar contenders," 3 Sep. 2019 The effects of radiation were of intense interest in the postwar period., "Liane Russell, who studied radiation’s effects on embryos, 95," 19 Aug. 2019 During that February 1945 meeting along the Black Sea coast, Stalin promised his companions that there would be free elections in the Eastern European countries in the postwar world. Jeff Opdyke,, "Crimea is an unexpected beauty set against an unsettled history," 23 June 2019 As Hawai‘i as a whole responded to the postwar demise of its sugar industry by shifting to tourism, Molokai was slow to follow suit, and faltered in the face of recessions, mismanagement by foreign owners, and determined local opposition. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 It's believed the rite cleanses a soldier of war's taint and heads off postwar ailments. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2017, fewer than 950,000 babies were born in Japan while the number of deaths rose to a postwar high of 1.3 million, according to the Ministry of Health and Labor. Jake Kwon And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "South Korea's fertility rate falls to record low," 29 Aug. 2019 As soon as prostitution was banned in postwar Japan, the number of prostitutes (said to be roughly eighty thousand in Tokyo alone) rose sharply. Pico Iyer, Harper's magazine, "Freedom from Choice," 19 Aug. 2019 Between 1948 and 1956, developers built roughly 16,000 wood-frame bungalows in the suburbs of Willowick, Eastlake, Wickliffe and Willoughby as part of the postwar suburban housing boom that swept the nation. Steven Litt,, "Lake County Port Authority remodels 1950s bungalow to spur reinvestment in aging postwar subdivisions," 30 June 2019

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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: happening, existing, or made after a war especially : happening, existing, or made after World War II

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