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

Definition of societal

: of or relating to society : social societal forces

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

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The societal change and education that is the ultimate solution is slow to take place. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "PM May wants ‘swift action’ on racial abuse of England stars," 26 Mar. 2019 The Year of the Woman came about because of underlying societal issues that came to the fore about how women have been treated. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Barbara Boxer's New Podcast 'Fight Back' Is a Must-Listen," 18 June 2018 The goal is to raise wages for working people, build a stronger middle class, and then use that as a springboard for solving all sorts of societal issues, as well as fiscal issues. Gretel Kauffman, idahostatesman, "Pot-growing 'outlaw,' economics author face off for Idaho congressional seat | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018 His writing on sports, race and societal issues has appeared in various publications. T.d. Williams, The Root, "How the West Was Lost," 26 Apr. 2018 Forget the societal constructs and norms, what the world is trying to tell you to do. Amanda Duarte, Town & Country, "An Etiquette Guide for the New Pot Elite," 14 Jan. 2019 Her refusal to conform to societal expectations of femininity was a bright light for weird young girls who watched the sitcom. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Roseanne' spinoff: If the Conners have to come back, they can do one thing right," 21 June 2018 This is the ultimate form of self-love, of being able to walk away from societal expectations and knowing how and when to put yourself first. Brittany Vickers, The Root, "Celebrating the ‘Everyday Love’ in Your Life," 14 Feb. 2018 Some researchers at the company are working on how to ensure that machine-learning systems don’t breach societal expectations of fairness. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of societal

formal : of or relating to society

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