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societal

[suh-sahy-i-tl]
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adjective
  1. noting or pertaining to large social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.

Origin of societal

First recorded in 1895–1900; societ(y) + -al1
Related formsso·ci·e·tal·ly, adverban·ti·so·ci·e·tal, adjectivean·ti·so·ci·e·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·so·ci·e·tal, adjectivenon·so·ci·e·tal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for societal

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The body of the folkways constitutes a societal environment.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • It became a societal institution and a function of the state.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • All are forced to conform, and the folkways dominate the societal life.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • They are reactions produced in the individual by the societal environment.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • They did not verify when the attempt was made to use them for societal needs.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner


British Dictionary definitions for societal

societal

adjective
  1. of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations
Derived Formssocietally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for societal

adj.

1873, from society (adj.) + -al (1). Related: Societally. Earlier adjective was societarian (1822) "of or pertaining to society."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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