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Origin of industrial

First recorded in 1580–90; industry + -al1
Related formsin·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbin·dus·tri·al·ness, nounnon·in·dus·tri·al, adjectivenon·in·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbpre·in·dus·tri·al, adjectivepro·in·dus·tri·al, adjectivequa·si-in·dus·tri·al, adjectivequa·si-in·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbsem·i-in·dus·tri·al, adjectivesem·i-in·dus·tri·al·ly, adverbun·in·dus·tri·al, adjective
Can be confusedindustrial industrious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pre-industrial

Historical Examples of pre-industrial

  • This is a return to pre-industrial times when artisans ruled the economic scene.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • This view is, of course, derived from the Confucian tradition, and is more or less true in a pre-industrial society.

    The Problem of China

    Bertrand Russell

British Dictionary definitions for pre-industrial



of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of industry
employed in industrythe industrial workforce
relating to or concerned with workers in industryindustrial conditions
used in industryindustrial chemicals
Derived Formsindustrially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pre-industrial



1774, from French industriel, from Medieval Latin industrialis, from Latin industria (see industry). Earlier the word had been used in English in a sense "resulting from labor" (1580s); the modern use is considered a reborrowing. Meaning "suitable for industrial use" is from 1904. As a style of dance music, attested from 1988. Industrial revolution was in use by 1840 to refer to recent developments and changes in England and elsewhere.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper