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noting or pertaining to large social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.
Contemporary Examples

“I wanted to give Girl Land a larger historical and societal context,” Flanagan explains.
Trouble in ‘Girl Land’: Caitlin Flanagan Takes on Adolescent Girls Jessica Bennett January 10, 2012

So if a few extra math geniuses now choose to build things rather than cut them up, that would be a societal good onto itself.
The Secret Billionaire Tax Break Randall Lane June 8, 2010

Sarah Palin has become a societal addiction and the media and our whole culture are constantly looking for our next fix.
Sarah Palin’s Media Strategy Meghan McCain November 21, 2010

He becomes increasingly paranoid by the societal fixtures around him—a ticking clock, a ringing phone.
‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing Marlow Stern November 6, 2014

She also points to cultural shifts, a new “anti-stuff mentality,” in her words, “a realignment of our societal priorities.”
Suburbs Are Dying, Say Urbanists, but the Obits May Be Premature Josh Dzieza August 1, 2013

Historical Examples

This 213gave their own idea back again to the masses with the approval of the societal authority.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

The body of the folkways constitutes a societal environment.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

The target set encompasses both military and societal values.
Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman

They did not verify when the attempt was made to use them for societal needs.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

They are reactions produced in the individual by the societal environment.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

of or relating to society, esp human society or social relations

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


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