from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a society or an economic system that is not or has not yet become industrialized.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a culture or society that has not yet become industrialized


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  • In preliterate and in preindustrial urban societies, socially successful individuals commonly had larger than average families.

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  • They also looked at levels that were around in preindustrial times and those we are experiencing today.

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  • Asian living standards were low because of high standards of personal and public hygiene in preindustrial China and Japan.

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  • Professor Stone cannot at the same time endorse the work of anthropologists and also argue that attitudes toward old age show "much the same ambivalence" in primitive and "preindustrial" society, and assert that attitudes are "not so very different" from preindustrial society to our own time.

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  • They argue that attitudes were highly favorable to the aged in "preindustrial" society, before a spirit of "gerontophobia" appeared in the modern world.

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  • It would be essential, in other words, to analyze not just the transition from "preindustrial" to industrial conditions, but the whole nexus, political, social, and cultural, in which industrialism grew up at different times and in different places.

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  • Labels and inscriptions on things manufactured in preindustrial eras often give voice to the objects they adorn, as if bringing them to life, to speak directly or forthrightly to their admirers or potential owners.

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  • “Just as the minstrel stage held out the possibility that whites could be ‘black’ for a while but nonetheless white,” David Roediger, the leading historian of “whiteness,” has written, “it offered the possibilities that, via blackface, preindustrial joys could survive amidst industrial discipline.”

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  • These “intentional communities” were typically established in remote locations so as to re-create agrarian, preindustrial society.

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  • Of course, hard work was necessary for a decent life in a preindustrial land, but in American culture it was celebrated as a good thing in itself.

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