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societal

[suh-sahy-i-tl] /səˈsaɪ ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to large social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.
Origin of societal
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; societ(y) + -al1
Related forms
societally, adverb
antisocietal, adjective
antisocietally, adverb
intersocietal, adjective
nonsocietal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for societal
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  • The body of the folkways constitutes a societal environment.

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for societal

societal

/səˈsaɪətəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations
Derived Forms
societally, adverb
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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."

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