- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change: a revolutionary junta.
- radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.: a revolutionary discovery.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period contemporaneous with it in U.S. history: Revolutionary heroes; Revolutionary weapons.
- a revolutionist.
Origin of revolutionary
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2. unprecedented, novel, drastic, unorthodox.
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Examples from the Web for pre-revolutionary
Think of the infamous August 1978 CIA assessment that asserted Iran was not in a revolutionary or pre-revolutionary state.Putin Was Right: This Internet Thing Really Was Created by the CIA
April 24, 2014
Meels hit a peak in France during the pre-revolutionary portion of the 18th century.From Buzz Bissinger to Nicolas Sarkozy, the Rise of Heels for Men
Misty White Sidell
April 4, 2013
In pre-revolutionary Iran, the prime minister was always appointed after receiving a vote of confidence from the Parliament.What ‘Argo’ Gets Wrong About Iran
December 31, 2012
Visitors to the palace of the French kings at Versailles see only a part of the pre-revolutionary picture.Best of Brit Lit
June 18, 2009
This was the most important and decisive of the pre-revolutionary tracts.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)
The place had still the air of pre-Revolutionary dignity and self-respect.The Intoxicated Ghost
In pre-Revolutionary Virginia, however, they could and did give something.The Mother of Washington and Her Times
Sara Agnes Rice Pryor
Many coinages of the pre-Revolutionary era later disappeared.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
In pre-Revolutionary America such an upheaval was near at hand.The Poems of Philip Freneau, Volume I (of III)
- mainly US of or relating to the conflict or period of the War of American Independence (1775–83)
- of or relating to any of various other Revolutions, esp the Russian Revolution (1917) or the French Revolution (1789)
- a person who advocates or engages in revolution
- relating to or characteristic of a revolution
- advocating or engaged in revolution
- radically new or differenta revolutionary method of making plastics
- rotating or revolving
Word Origin and History for pre-revolutionary
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper