[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 precultural


  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 precultural



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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