so·​ci·​e·​tal | \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce societal (audio) \

Definition of societal

: of or relating to society : social societal forces

Other Words from societal

societally \ sə-​ˈsī-​ə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce societal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of societal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These couples are breaking societal relationship norms. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 In banning societal and political discussions on the Basecamp company account, CEO Jason Fried placed the change in the broader context of cultural evolution, respect for individual choice, and collective mission. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Rule 1: No more societal and political discussions on our company Basecamp account. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2021 Branagh’s story juxtaposes moments of joyful celebration with marital tensions, and political and societal tumult, allowing Ma and Pa to experience a complex range of reactions to their situation. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Military analysts also associate vaccine hesitancy among service members with the circulation of false information online, broader political and societal attitudes, and cultural traits unique to each service. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 22 Nov. 2021 Nearly two years into the pandemic, the societal and economic consequences of the long battle with Covid-19 have multiplied. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 30 Dec. 2021 All art should be subject to critical appraisal, and both film and film criticism have useful roles in reflecting and shaping cultural and societal attitudes. David Vetter, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 For some Latinas, the mirage of the American Dream faded amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and many chose to divest from the cultural, societal, and professional standards placed on first- and second-generation communities. Janel Martinez,, 28 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of societal

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of societal was in 1890

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14 Jan 2022

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“Societal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of societal

: of or relating to society : social

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