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environmental

en·vi·ron·men·tal

environmental

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn vaI rn men tl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or pertaining to the natural environment, and esp. to the ecological effects of altering it or attempts made to protect it.
Environmental pollution is a serious problem.
 
definition 2: of or pertaining to external conditions or surroundings.
Students' attitudes toward school are very much affected by environmental influences.He examined the relationship between nutrition and stress, but failed to take into account environmental factors.
definition 3: in medicine, of or relating to hazards originating in the environment, esp. those hazards common to industrialized societies.
The root of the workers' environmental illness proved to be exposure to a toxic chemical on the job.
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The word environmental contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.