Definition of societal in English:



  • Relating to society or social relations.

    ‘societal change’
    • ‘He says there has been a sea change in the societal attitude to love marriages in the past 10 years.’
    • ‘People really do still feel societal pressure to marry, and this is quite separate from religious pressure to marry.’
    • ‘It is important to consider the origin of the desire to conform to a societal image.’
    • ‘We are not doing it in order to conform with societal norms or expectations.’
    • ‘The level of social mobility is often used as an indicator of societal openness.’
    • ‘We must change, on a societal level, our dependence and usage of fossil fuels.’
    • ‘Maybe the psychiatrists can give an explanation to this societal behaviour.’
    • ‘Perhaps most interestingly, it found that their level of job commitment is no higher than the societal average.’
    • ‘Due to societal pressures, women undergo all kinds of treatment to have a child.’
    • ‘He said today's youth were more depressed than in the past because of building societal pressures.’
    • ‘To break the taboo against suicide would be a sure sign of societal breakdown.’
    • ‘Temperance crusaders understood the societal problems that caused alcoholism.’
    • ‘I will offer an illustration of the expression of differing levels of societal anxiety.’
    • ‘Each such crisis feeds off, and adds to, the erosion of public trust in societal institutions.’
    • ‘More often than not, societal changes are propelled by an established middle class.’
    • ‘Media and societal pressure to achieve a slim body shape may fuel the guilty feelings people experience in relation to food.’
    • ‘She fought societal norms and wanted to provide a much needed service to women.’
    • ‘This is a societal issue about which every thinking person ought to be concerned.’
    • ‘She says the exhibit has harmful effects on societal attitudes towards violence.’
    • ‘The years have not changed my mind about education as a tool for societal change.’
    mass, general, communal, collective, social, societal, collaborative, group, civil, public, civic
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