superorganic

[ soo-per-awr-gan-ik ]
/ ˌsu pər ɔrˈgæn ɪk /
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adjective Sociology, Anthropology.

of or relating to the structure of cultural elements within society conceived as independent of and superior to the individual members of society.

Origin of superorganic

Related formssu·per·or·gan·i·cism, nounsu·per·or·gan·i·cist, noun
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Examples from the Web for superorganic

  • They belong to a superorganic system of relations, conventions, and institutional arrangements.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner
  • There is here, it may be said, no special reference to the organic and the superorganic.

  • Competition and combination are two forms of life association which alternate through the whole organic and superorganic domains.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner
  • It remains to apply them to inorganic, organic, and superorganic existences.

British Dictionary definitions for superorganic

superorganic

/ (ˌsuːpərɔːˈɡænɪk) /

adjective

sociol (no longer widely used) relating to those aspects of a culture that are conceived as being superior to the individual members of the society

Derived Formssuperorganicism, nounsuperorganicist, noun
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