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[kuhl-cher-uh l] /ˈkʌl tʃər əl/
of or relating to culture or cultivation.
Origin of cultural
1865-70; culture + -al1
Related forms
culturally, adverb
anticultural, adjective
anticulturally, adverb
de-cultural, adjective
noncultural, adjective
nonculturally, adverb
precultural, adjective
preculturally, adverb
pseudocultural, adjective
pseudoculturally, adverb
transcultural, adjective
transculturally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cultural
  • cultural, educational and romantic adventure entices.
  • In those instances, even progressive national legislation takes a backseat to cultural tradition.
  • They measure migration not trade, because the data are better and cultural factors matter more.
  • Have students write descriptions of their own cultural customs in the relevant rows of the right-hand column.
  • She discusses how coloration in skeletal remains can reveal a bit about the cultural observances of the individual.
  • Secondary definitions relate to the spread of cultural ideas or the process by which a new idea becomes accepted.
  • All share similar cultural requirements, but cauliflower is more difficult to grow.
  • She put together a database of ethnographic and cultural details for field commanders.
  • Peregrine suggests, is that cultural anthropologists seem less interested in that kind of holistic interaction.
  • File-sharing rates vary hugely from country to country-with consequences for local media industries and global cultural trade.
British Dictionary definitions for cultural


of or relating to artistic or social pursuits or events considered to be valuable or enlightened
of or relating to a culture or civilization
(of certain varieties of plant) obtained by specialized breeding
Derived Forms
culturally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cultural

1868, in reference to the raising of plants or animals, from Latin cultura "tillage" (see culture) + -al (1). In reference to the cultivation of the mind, from 1875; hence, "relating to civilization or a civilization." A fertile starter-word among anthropologists and sociologists: e.g. cultural diffusion, in use by 1912; cultural diversity by 1935; cultural imperialism by 1937; cultural pluralism by 1932; cultural relativism by 1948.

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