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[kuhl-cher-uh l] /ˈkʌl tʃər əl/
of or relating to culture or cultivation.
Origin of cultural
First recorded in 1865-70; culture + -al1
Related forms
culturally, adverb
anticultural, adjective
anticulturally, adverb
de-cultural, adjective
noncultural, adjective
nonculturally, adverb
precultural, adjective
preculturally, adverb
pseudocultural, adjective
pseudoculturally, adverb
transcultural, adjective
transculturally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cultural
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  • We may distinguish broadly three aims: the vocational, the civic, and the cultural.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Understanding history, rather than memorizing it, has cultural value.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The cultural conditions also affect the vine in this respect.

  • On harsh Irwadi, laughter would have been a cultural anomaly.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance
  • Is it because your cultural contributions are keyed to military conquest?

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
British Dictionary definitions for cultural


of or relating to artistic or social pursuits or events considered to be valuable or enlightened
of or relating to a culture or civilization
(of certain varieties of plant) obtained by specialized breeding
Derived Forms
culturally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cultural

1868, in reference to the raising of plants or animals, from Latin cultura "tillage" (see culture) + -al (1). In reference to the cultivation of the mind, from 1875; hence, "relating to civilization or a civilization." A fertile starter-word among anthropologists and sociologists: e.g. cultural diffusion, in use by 1912; cultural diversity by 1935; cultural imperialism by 1937; cultural pluralism by 1932; cultural relativism by 1948.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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