societal

adjective

so·​ci·​e·​tal sə-ˈsī-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce societal (audio)
: of or relating to society : social
societal forces
societally adverb

Examples of societal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Technologies are reshaping individual lives, trans- forming business processes, changing societal dynamics, and influencing government policies. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Pharmaceutical companies have a moral and societal responsibility to help make this a reality. Jayasree K. Iyer, STAT, 7 June 2024 Researchers added that societal rules, educational opportunities and public water safety policies must be further explored to draw a comprehensive conclusion. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 6 June 2024 Studies indicate that female leaders often endure harsher backlash than their male counterparts, a phenomenon exacerbated in Mexico by prevailing societal sexism. Viri Rios, TIME, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for societal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of societal was in 1890

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“Societal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/societal. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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