preindustrial

adjective pre·in·dus·tri·al \ ˌprē-in-ˈdə-strē-əl \
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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