[kuhl-cher-uh l]

Origin of cultural

First recorded in 1865–70; culture + -al1
Related formscul·tur·al·ly, adverban·ti·cul·tur·al, adjectivean·ti·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbde-cul·tur·al, adjectivenon·cul·tur·al, adjectivenon·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbpre·cul·tur·al, adjectivepre·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·cul·tur·al, adjectivepseu·do·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbtrans·cul·tur·al, adjectivetrans·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-cultural


  1. of or relating to artistic or social pursuits or events considered to be valuable or enlightened
  2. of or relating to a culture or civilization
  3. (of certain varieties of plant) obtained by specialized breeding
Derived Formsculturally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-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.

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