pre·​tech·​no·​log·​i·​cal ˌprē-ˌtek-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce pretechnological (audio)
variants or pre-technological
: not having developed or adopted modern technology
a pretechnological society
pretechnological peoples/cultures
: existing, occurring, or originating before the existence of modern technology
in pretechnological days
still uses pretechnological techniques
This affirmation does not mean that we advocate returning to a pretechnological state.William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Examples of pretechnological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even today the pensioners of this village at the southern end of Greece’s second-largest island, Euboea, sometimes use this efficient pretechnological form of wireless communication from house to house to convey news, gossip or extend a breakfast invitation. Julien Meyer, Scientific American, 22 Nov. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of pretechnological was in 1933

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Cite this Entry

“Pretechnological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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