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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not social: "Bears are asocial, secretive animals” ( David Graber).
  • adj. Avoiding or averse to the society of others; not sociable: "It's not that you're so asocial, but a man who likes people doesn't wind up in the Antarctic” ( Saul Bellow).
  • adj. Unable or unwilling to conform to normal standards of social behavior; antisocial: "crime, riots, drug use and other asocial behavior” ( Derek Shearer).
  • adj. Inconsiderate of others; self-centered.
  • n. One that exhibits behavior and characteristics deemed asocial: "the other, and usually neglected, victims . . . the asocials . . . those who violated the Nazi work ethic and social norms” ( Mary Nolan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not social
  • adj. not sociable
  • adj. antisocial

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unsocial; antagonistic to society.

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

  • adj. given to avoiding association with others
  • adj. hostile to or disruptive of normal standards of social behavior

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