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1. in ecological systems theory, the level of environmental influence that is most distal to the developing individual and that affects all other systems. It includes the values, traditions, and sociocultural characteristics of the larger society. Compare chronosystem; exosystem; mesosystem. [introduced by Urie Bronfenbrenner]

2. in sociology, any social system or structure.

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