Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or showing a lack of desire for the company of others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not social.
  • adj. Inhospitable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not social; not adapted to society; not tending to sociability; reserved; unsociable.

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

  • adj. not seeking or given to association; being or living without companions

Etymologies

un- +‎ social (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The impetus to development Kant found in the restlessness arising from the conflict in man between his social and antisocial tendencies, in what he calls the unsocial sociableness of man, his desire for gain and power, his greed and competitiveness.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • For Deleuze and Guattari, the schizophrenic is a challenge to the political and linguistic systems simultaneously since he utilizes language in unsocial and antisocial ways.

    Wandering in the Landscape with Wordsworth and Deleuze

  • Can we say that money causes people to act in unsocial ways, causes them to be greedy and insensitive to the needs of others?

    2007 January « Hyperpat’s HyperDay

  • In this context, for example, it is not money itself which drives people to “act in unsocial ways,” but rather the desire for money above the desire to live well with other people.

    What Makes the World Go Round « Hyperpat’s HyperDay

  • The BBC announced in 1989 that it would phase out extra payments made to staff for working at the weekend, but figures seen by the Daily Telegraph show that 22 years later there are still 29 employees remaining who earn up to £2,000 a year on top of their salaries purely for working at so-called "unsocial" times.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • I have been accused of 'making myself scarce,' and been always considered an 'unsocial' fellow: it is a task to me to go into a situation where I am likely to attract attention, and the observation of men.

    Letter 412

  • A flat tax is "unsocial" and favors the rich, officials of Chancellor Gerhard Schroder's SPD sniffed last week.

    Radical Reform: A Modest Proposal

  • Since we hadn't spoken much for an entire school year, she got mad at me, claiming that I had changed and was "unsocial".

    Venting. And it helped, too.

  • It is not a society because it is an organization of individuals whose relations, if not wholly external, are, at any rate, "unsocial" in so far as there is no consensus.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • His anxiety to "get in and share," made him, according to Johnson, an "unsocial" companion.

    Samuel Johnson

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