Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Societal"

The meaning of "Societal" in various phrases and sentences

Q: Co znaczy societal taboos?
A: Societal taboos are things the society banned for it being immoral.

Cannibalism is a huge one. Many societies see it as taboo to eat other human beings.
Q: Co znaczy he was afraid of societal pressure?
A: He was afraid of the pressure that the people in society would exert on him by way of talking to him, how they treat him, what they say to him, and what they say to others (e.g. to conform to the society's customs, norms, standards of behaviour, attitudes and so forth.

Synonyms of "Societal" and their differences

Q: Jaka jest różnica między societal i social ?
A: Societal = related to society, on the scale/size of society

Social = related to relationships or interactions between people
Q: Jaka jest różnica między societal i social ?

✔️Similarity: both are adjectives that describe society and social relations.
I’m that sense, they are the same and interchangeable.


We need to address societal issues before we deal with climate change. (You could use either word here).

❎ Difference:

The adjective societal is NOT very common in modern usage. It is a more formal word used more for social institutions and norms. It is used in literature and academic English more than in day to day speech.
Also, the adjective social can describe people, but adjective societal CANNOT describe people.


For people you can only use social:
My sister is really social.

Humans are social beings.

He has begun to make friends and be social.

To describe “things” you could use both but societal is a lot less common:

Societal/ social institutions such a marriage are never perfect.

The second world war resulted in many societal/ social changes.

Depression can also be a result of societal / social pressure.
Q: Jaka jest różnica między societal i social ?
A: thanks for the illustration. social/societal package referring to a welfare scheme or something?
Q: Jaka jest różnica między societal i social ?
A: The two words are related, but slightly different. Both words are about how people interact with each other, but the main difference is that societal is bigger than social. Societal usually refers to society overall. So a societal impact in America would be something that affects all (or most) Americans, like a new president or a new major law. Social is more vague and can refer to anything from how you alone interact with others to how society overall acts. A social impact could be something as big as a new president, or as small as you having too much homework so you can't hang out with a friend.

So in this case, a societal imapct and a social impact could be the same thing, but saying societal impact is more specific.

Other questions about "Societal"

Q: On the societal level, the surge in the gross enrolment rate, prompted by the provision of free-of-charge education, will give rise to a more cultivated workforce. Does this sound natural?
A: Yes, this is a natural and well written sentence, though I certainly disagree with it.
Q: Czy to brzmi naturalnie? She might be considered pretty from the societal standpoint, but I don't find her pretty at all
A: Actually while it's technically correct lolol no one talks like that. you can see it in a book maybe but youd just say "I dont find her pretty". Mostly english speaking countries dont have a set beauty standard, yes there are standards set by society but everyone sticks to what they like personally.

So if your friend were to say a girl is cute, they could be to him and not to you. It's common, you can just shrug it off or say "Shes not my type." and it would mean basically the same thing and come off more natural~
Q: What ‘cause’ means when using with societal issue? For example “Here at easyfundraising we have lots of environment ‘causes’ you can sign up to support”
A: In this instance it would be a goal or movement that someone has deep commitment to. So you could say “Their cause is to help save animals. I think that is very admirable”.

In the case of what you’re talking about it sounds like easyfundraising helps different organizations with different charitable goals find finances and volunteers to help them achieve their goals.
Q: Jak to poprawnie wypowiedzieć societal?
A: #1 was correct and sounded good.

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