pre·​in·​dus·​tri·​al ˌprē-in-ˈdə-strē-əl How to pronounce preindustrial (audio)
variants or pre-industrial
: not having developed or adopted industry : not industrialized
preindustrial agrarian societies
preindustrial civilization
: 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

Examples of preindustrial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That report laid out, with grim clarity, both the importance and extreme difficulty of preventing global warming from reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. David Marchese, New York Times, 18 May 2024 Under current policies, which the study said may result in a warming of 2.6 degrees Celsius to 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.7 F to 4.9 F) above preindustrial levels, the researchers estimated that 28% to 30% of the meteorites in Antarctica could become inaccessible. Katie Hunt, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 In a paper in March, the EU said Europe will be 3 degrees celsius hotter even if the world succeeds in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels, causing trillions of euros of damage to the economy. Ewa Krukowska, Fortune Europe, 5 Apr. 2024 As humans continue to burn fossil fuels and pump increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the goal of holding global warming to a relatively safe level, 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial times, is slipping away. Christopher Flavelle Ian C. Bates, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 That number carries special significance, as nations agreed under the 2015 Paris Agreement to try to keep the difference between average temperatures today and in preindustrial times to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or at least below 2 degrees Celsius. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2024 This month marked a full year in which the world was an average 1.52 degrees Celsius (2.74 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than in the preindustrial era. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 The preindustrial period refers to an era before humans began to meaningfully alter the planet’s climate through fossil fuel and other heat-trapping emissions. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Environment The average global temperature has already risen at least 1.2 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times. Marshall Ingwerson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of preindustrial was in 1883

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“Preindustrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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