culture lag

1. (noun) The period of time between the introduction of new technological developments (material culture) into a culture or society and the acceptance of the developments by legal and moral institutions (nonmaterial culture) in a culture or society.

2. (noun) (informal) The time it takes for culture to catch up to innovations in technology.

Example: Laws and mores adapting to medical science’s ability to keep an individual alive through artificial means.

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