Definition of environmental in English:


Syllabification: en·vi·ron·men·tal
Pronunciation: /enˌvīrənˈmen(t)l, -ˌvī(ə)rn-


  • 1Relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition: acid rain may have caused major environmental damage
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    • Now that is the most significant environmental impact that humans can have on the planet.
    • There are also issues of its environmental impact, but it is nevertheless likely to be important.
    • In recent years, he has become as famous for his campaigning on environmental and human rights issues as for his music.
  • 1.1Aiming or designed to promote the protection of the natural world: environmental tourism
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    • The former team proposed the most overtly environmental design of any of the finalists.
    • It is part of efforts to promote environmental and economic redevelopment in the area.
    • Student environmental activists were delighted by the news of the University's decision.
  • 2Relating to or arising from a person’s surroundings: environmental noise
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    • A large proportion of the rhythmically regulated genes also directly respond to environmental stress.
    • The same applies to the meridian programmes and to the specific environmental stresses, colours and trauma.
    • Chilling temperature is one of the most studied environmental factors in plant stress physiology research.



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  • All the timbers used are either recycled or salvaged - so it is environmentally friendly.
  • Why is so much effort needed on an individual basis to create environmentally friendly practices?
  • He agreed that slow moving traffic was more environmentally damaging that fast moving traffic.

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