Definition of preindustrial in US English:



  • Relating to a time before industrialization.

    ‘a preindustrial society’
    • ‘By rephrasing the problem of deforestation more exactly as a lack of timber of a particular quality, it becomes possible to reflect on pre-industrial society's multiple uses for wood.’
    • ‘While some paint an idyllic picture of pre-industrial or early industrial society, the reality for the masses of working people was anything but idyllic.’
    • ‘For the pre-industrial period and the industrial revolution, records of either the number of hours worked per day or days per year are scarce and scattered.’
    • ‘In 1868 Japan was a pre-industrial society; less than 40 years later it was a world power.’
    • ‘Those who believe that modern societies are almost every bit as religious as pre-industrial ones show a similarly broad range of religious positions.’
    • ‘This point was probably reached much sooner in pre-industrial communal societies with shorter life spans than our own, where children are regarded as dependent well into their teenage years.’
    • ‘If militarism for Spencer and Hintze was a manifestation of pre-industrial and pre-capitalist societies, for Marxists all pre-socialist systems were basically militaristic.’
    • ‘Central to its ideology was a nostalgic idealization of pre-industrial society.’
    • ‘Historians are still grappling with questions of identity as these applied to pre-industrial societies.’
    • ‘The supply of food, at a reasonable price, was crucial to social and political order in all pre-industrial societies.’
    • ‘In classical Marxist thought slavery is a mode of production that characterizes primitive communities, feudalism, and pre-industrial agrarian societies.’
    • ‘In pre-industrial Britain, printed wallpaper was unavailable to most households, so colour and pattern effects were created through painted floors, ceilings and furniture and stencilled walls.’
    • ‘In pre-industrial society, women were valued - and valued themselves - for their irreplaceable contributions to the functioning of the home.’
    • ‘Much of Africa and the Middle East remains locked in pre-industrial agricultural societies with weak institutions and authoritarian rulers.’
    • ‘Yet information war theory posits that even a pre-industrial or agrarian society does have vulnerabilities.’