from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or associated with the environment.
  • adjective Relating to or concerned with the impact of human activities on the natural environment.
  • adjective Relating to potentially harmful factors originating in the environment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the character of an environment; environing; surrounding: as, environmental influences.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective of or pertaining to the environment.
  • adjective of or pertaining to the environment (definition 2).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective pertaining to one's environment

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective concerned with the ecological effects of altering the environment
  • adjective of or relating to the external conditions or surroundings


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