noting or pertaining to large social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for societally

Contemporary Examples of societally

  • Gender roles oppress men, too, and Glee keeps its straight male characters in societally defined boxes.

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    Glee's Harmful Simplicity

    Andy Dehnart

    May 17, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for societally



of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations
Derived Formssocietally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for societally



1873, from society (adj.) + -al (1). Related: Societally. Earlier adjective was societarian (1822) "of or pertaining to society."

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