so·ci·e·tal | \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tᵊl \

Definition of societal 

: of or relating to society : social societal forces

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societally \sə-ˈsī-ə-tᵊl-ē \ adverb

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Yet the report also describes a broader societal and official reluctance to educate girls as dovetailing with Taliban wishes and pressure. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, "The Taliban has successfully built a parallel state in many parts of Afghanistan, report says," 21 June 2018 Glover said the museum, among other things, can be a place of healing -- personal, generational and societal. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Danny Glover headlines event celebrating return of America's Black Holocaust Museum," 18 June 2018 To start with, Tuesday's event is all but certain to cause days of controversy that could help his perpetual efforts to cement his political foundation by playing into cultural, societal and racial questions that motivate his core voters. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump to NFL players: Patriotism is my way or the highway," 5 June 2018 Their tours, launched in June, aim to tell the story about Maine’s bounty of food, its origin, its journey, and the societal and environmental factors behind it., "Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour," 11 July 2018 Facebook’s rise in popularity in Myanmar came at a time of tremendous political and societal change in the Southeast Asian nation which fueled and enabled the platform’s growth. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Pressure from business lies behind the change in attitudes, both societal and official. The Economist, "Japan is finally starting to admit more foreign workers," 5 July 2018 In addition to the Court’s devastating decisions upholding the Muslim Ban this week and Japanese internment in 1944, there have been centuries of Court decisions serving the governmental and societal structures of white supremacy. Chase Strangio, Teen Vogue, "The Supreme Court Has Long Been a Tool of Oppression," 3 July 2018 Powell saw that arid cultures stood or fell — and mostly fell — not on their absolute amounts of water, but on how equitably political and economic systems divided limited resources — and could evolve in the face of climatic and societal changes. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 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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: of or relating to society

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