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[suh-sahy-i-tl] /səˈsaɪ ɪ tl/
noting or pertaining to large social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.
Origin of societal
1895-1900; societ(y) + -al1
Related forms
societally, adverb
antisocietal, adjective
antisocietally, adverb
intersocietal, adjective
nonsocietal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for societal
  • We must raise the geo-literacy level of all members of society to meet basic individual and societal needs.
  • Plans include expanded enrollments and vocational and technical degree programs, but societal challenges loom.
  • Rising labour mobility and the accelerating pace of societal change mean that information goes stale more quickly than ever.
  • Changing diet, with a growing emphasis on meat, illustrates the environmental and societal toll exacted by unbridled consumption.
  • But now a variety of academics too are examining it for broader societal clues.
  • The tax system is used to guarantee appropriate government services, not serve as punishment for perceived societal wrongs.
  • Where things have improved is in societal structure and culture.
  • All sorts of other interesting societal lessons cropped up in the study.
  • When it comes to motherhood, the public never seems to hesitate before leaping from scientific discovery to societal judgment.
  • Its silly to deny that it is, and try to dismiss societal perceptions as important at all.
British Dictionary definitions for societal


of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations
Derived Forms
societally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for societal

1873, from society (adj.) + -al (1). Related: Societally. Earlier adjective was societarian (1822) "of or pertaining to society."

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