Meaning of cultural lag

cul'tural lag'

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— Sociol. Sociol.
  1. slowness in the rate of change of one part of a culture in relation to another part, resulting in a maladjustment within society, as from the failure of the nonmaterial culture to keep abreast of developments in the material culture.
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