social vs societal : Common Errors in English

About social vs societal

“Societal” as an adjective has been in existence for a couple of centuries, but has become widely used only in the recent past. People who imagine that “social” has too many frivolous connotations of mere partying often resort to it to make their language more serious and impressive. It is best used by social scientists and others in referring to the influence of societies: “societal patterns among the Ibo of eastern Nigeria.” Used in place of “social” in ordinary speech and writing it sounds pretentious.

social Meaning(s)

  • (n) a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
  • (a) relating to human society and its members
  • (a) living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
  • (a) relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society
  • (s) composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability
  • (s) tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind
  • (s) marked by friendly companionship with others

societal Meaning(s)

  • (a) relating to human society and its members

social in News

  1. Social Media Strategies Summit Will Have You Seeing Stars - Social Media Stars!

    Social Media Strategies Summit (SMSS) announces the Dallas Summit in August featuring the industry’s top social media all-stars. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Using Social Media to Reduce Crime and Keep Communities Safe - Tip Sheet by

    Social media has a number of useful purposes, and one of those can be to reduce crime in neighborhoods and communities. The home security professionals at created a list of ways residents can utilize social media to make communities safer. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Social Strategy1, Knowledge@Wharton, AUS, Inc. and Ernst & Young Open Entries for the 2013 Social Media Leadership ...

    The 2nd Annual Social Media Leadership Awards, organized by Social Strategy1, Knowledge@Wharton, and AUS, Inc. , with support from Ernst & Young, is now accepting submissions t
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

societal in News

  1. Online Dating: Pastor Gives 2 Theories Why Stigma Still Exist

    Five years ago, online dating was still considered taboo, but now online dating has become a societal norm and the Christian community is no exception. Christian singles are flocking to Christian dating sites such as ChristianMingle®.com (which just hit its 10 millionth member mark), to find a potential soul mate who shares the same faith and values. While it's rare nowadays to find a single ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Christian Post

  2. Americans' Confidence in Congress Falls to Lowest on Record

    Americans' confidence in Congress as an institution is down to 10%, ranking it last on a list of 16 societal institutions for the fourth straight year. The military maintains its top spot, with 76% expressing confidence in it.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gallup

  3. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

    The Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents a slate of films that explore conflict and societal change.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Times

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