preindustrial

adjective
pre·​in·​dus·​tri·​al | \ ˌprē-in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce preindustrial (audio) \
variants: or pre-industrial

Definition of preindustrial

1 : not having developed or adopted industry : not industrialized preindustrial agrarian societies preindustrial civilization
2 : occurring, existing, or originating before the development or adoption of industry in preindustrial times preindustrial levels of carbon dioxide preindustrial artifacts still made using preindustrial methods also : resembling that of preindustrial times a return to a preindustrial way of life

First Known Use of preindustrial

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Preindustrial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preindustrial. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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