post·​war | \ˈpōs(t)-ˌwär \

Definition of postwar 

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

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In a postwar housing development in Tokiwadaira, Japan, an elderly woman looks out across the courtyard-like green space to make sure her neighbor is alive. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Shoplifters Is One of 2018’s Most Stunning Films," 28 Nov. 2018 In the postwar period who counted were white men and everybody else didn’t. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 Architect Aldo van Eyck applied Constant’s theories (the two were friends) to the playground-rich postwar reconstruction in the Netherlands, a country now celebrated for its quality of life. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Authorities are seeking as much as $88 billion for postwar reconstruction. Khalid Al Ansary,, "Shiite Cleric Who Once Fought U.S. Leads in Iraqi Election Count," 14 May 2018 Thanks to the postwar boom, public jobs came to look less attractive than private ones, weakening the power wielded by local party bosses. Yascha Mounk, The New Yorker, "The Rise of McPolitics," 12 Jan. 2015 In the early ’60s, many planners felt that mass transit was a necessary national priority for urban development, despite decades of postwar deterioration due to competition from the automobile. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 But while much of the world was looking away, Shinzo Abe, the country’s prime minister since 2012, has become one of the most consequential Japanese politicians of the postwar era. Bill Powell, Newsweek, "How Shinzo Abe Became Postwar Japan's Most Consequential Leader," 29 Sep. 2015 An unsung hero of the American avant-garde—the collector Peggy Guggenheim was a friend and fan—Sterne (née Lindenberg), who died in 2011 at the age of 100, was inspired in part by the thrilling pace of postwar American life. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Radical Female Artist (and an Unsung Hero of the Avant-Garde) Gets Another Look in “Hedda Sterne: Structures and Landscapes”," 29 Oct. 2018

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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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