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[kuhl-cher-uh l] /ˈkʌl tʃər əl/
of or relating to culture or cultivation.
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 culturally
  • Their courage and tenacity transformed a sparsely populated wilderness into a culturally diverse industrial landscape.
  • Some would try to understand without negative comments, but some are culturally blind and narrow-minded.
  • Satellite communities are no longer culturally out in space.
  • We seem to have evolved biologically or culturally to believe that everything must have a purpose.
  • The spill affected people living in or near the sound economically and culturally.
  • Stories have many purposes and these recur cross-culturally at different levels of abstraction.
  • If anything is culturally remembered it would seem more likely that it was thousands of years of campfire dances.
  • While our species was culturally and socially developing, there was a natural mechanism to weed out those that were defective.
  • We never stopped evolving-physically, culturally and intellectually.
  • Safeguarding privacy and being culturally sensitive do seem important.
British Dictionary definitions for culturally


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 culturally

1889, from cultural + -ly (2).



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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