societal

adjective so·ci·e·tal \ sə-ˈsī-ə-tᵊl \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of societal

: of or relating to society : social
  • societal forces

societally

play \sə-ˈsī-ə-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

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First Known Use of societal

1890

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Definition of societal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to society



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