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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.
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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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Related Words for societal

social, amusing, civil, collective, common, communal, communicative, community, companionable, convivial, cordial, diverting, entertaining, familiar, general, gracious, gregarious, group, hospitable, informative

Examples from the Web for societal

Contemporary Examples of societal

Historical Examples of societal

  • 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

adjective
  1. of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations
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Derived Formssocietally, 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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