- noting or pertaining to large social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.
Origin of societal
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Examples from the Web for societal
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In other words, we have a perfect storm of societal systems that disproportionately target our LGBT youth.Believers Must Fight for Gay Teens
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The body of the folkways constitutes a societal environment.
It became a societal institution and a function of the state.
All are forced to conform, and the folkways dominate the societal life.
They are reactions produced in the individual by the societal environment.
They did not verify when the attempt was made to use them for societal needs.
- of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations
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Word Origin and History for societal
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