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[soo-per-awr-gan-ik] /ˌsu pər ɔrˈgæn ɪk/
adjective, Sociology, Anthropology.
of or relating to the structure of cultural elements within society conceived as independent of and superior to the individual members of society.
Origin of superorganic
Related forms
superorganicism, noun
superorganicist, noun Unabridged
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  • They belong to a superorganic system of relations, conventions, and institutional arrangements.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It remains to apply them to inorganic, organic, and superorganic existences.

  • There is here, it may be said, no special reference to the organic and the superorganic.

  • Competition and combination are two forms of life association which alternate through the whole organic and superorganic domains.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for superorganic


(sociol) (no longer widely used) relating to those aspects of a culture that are conceived as being superior to the individual members of the society
Derived Forms
superorganicism, noun
superorganicist, noun
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