so·​cio·​po·​lit·​i·​cal ˌsō-sē-ō-pə-ˈli-ti-kəl How to pronounce sociopolitical (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving a combination of social and political factors

Examples of sociopolitical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His choice of time frame supplies some handy sociopolitical scaffolding (the Vietnam War), a few retro stylistic flourishes (an aggressive zoom lens, old-school MPAA and distributor logos, digitally applied scratch marks) and various homages to the questing, adventurous spirit of New Hollywood. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 Islamic Jihad, the smaller of the two, is considered to be more extreme and is singularly devoted to fighting Israel, while Hamas also has sociopolitical functions as the governing body of Gaza. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 18 Oct. 2023 Today’s leaders are expected to take a stand on sociopolitical issues, whether domestic or global. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023 But the truth is that Korean film festivals continue to be intensely sociopolitical affairs with freedom of expression (and freedom from outside control) as the deep-down kernel of the debate. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Oct. 2023 Certainly, California in the ’60s and ’70s made incredible gains in terms of sociopolitical movements. Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sep. 2023 Over the last several years, the building has been illuminated in support of various sociopolitical causes. Pamela Chelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 The group has both sociopolitical and military functions and receives crucial support and weapons from Iran. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 9 Oct. 2023 While the de facto dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced out of the country and his office less than a month after Bouazizi’s death, the nation’s political tumults in the time since have both fueled and been fueled by the public’s still potent sociopolitical and economic discontent. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sociopolitical was in 1835

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“Sociopolitical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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