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 body’s chief has quit, and industry bosses are apparently unhappy with political and societal pushback against the manufacturers. David Meyer, Fortune, "Changing Oil Landscapes: CEO Daily," 16 Sep. 2019 Be collaborative: Most people would agree that our current political and societal discourse is, in a word, disharmonious. Emily Brisse, Washington Post, "A teacher’s five tips for this year’s high school juniors," 10 Sep. 2019 Beijing may already be risking economic and societal damage by maintaining its uncompromising stance. James Griffiths, CNN, "Protesters turned Hong Kong into a tinderbox. But it's the government that holds the matches," 1 Sep. 2019 Amid the hand-wringing about negative societal and mental health effects of smartphones and social media, one study concluded technology has improved people’s cognitive abilities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Lots of positives about students, schools amid increasing anxiety," 28 Aug. 2019 Bans and moratoriums would mean that rich, powerful entities would have to seek legal and societal permission before unleashing their potential monsters onto the market. Kentaro Toyama, The Conversation, "Bring on the technology bans!," 19 Aug. 2019 But instead of going wide and speaking on larger political and societal issues, MUNA looked inward. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "MUNA on Queer Anthems & Creating 'Something Bigger Than Ourselves'," 9 Aug. 2019 The societal and environmental problems facing the world's food supply are vast and multi-faceted, according to the report's first chapter. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Global Food Supply is Delicate. Climate Change Is Making Things Worse.," 8 Aug. 2019 Expect this struggle to continue in season 3 as Debbie faces societal and personal pressures of being a working, single mom, especially back in the ’80s. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Everything you need to remember about GLOW before watching season 3," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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