Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being sociable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being sociable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sociable character or disposition; inclination to company and social intercourse; sociability.

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

  • n. the relative tendency or disposition to be sociable or associate with one's fellows

Etymologies

sociable +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So they looked, and Mercy wondered; but Christiana said, What a disparagement is it to such a little pretty bird as the Robin-red-breast is, he being also a bird above many that loveth to maintain a kind of sociableness with man; I had thought they had lived upon crums of bread, or upon other such harmless matter.

    The Pilgrim’s Progress, in the Similitude of a Dream; The Second Part. Paras. 100-199

  • He being also a bird above many, that loveth to maintain a kind of sociableness with men.

    Rural Hours

  • And the same may be said of their dispositions, for the wild, and unsociable, and the passionate occur in such a constitution; for frequent excitement of the mind induces wildness, and extinguishes sociableness and mildness of disposition, and therefore I think the inhabitants of

    On Airs, Waters, And Places

  • Mr. Lane does not confound society with sociableness.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Here is a great deal of good company, and abundance of gentry being in the neighbourhood, it adds to the sociableness of the place.

    From London to Land's End

  • 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

  • But the kindly sociableness of these Dutch prevented any decidedly vicious tendency among them, and went far toward making amends for any real or supposed laxity in religious principles.

    Woman's Life in Colonial Days

  • But he that honours a reasonable soul in general, as it is reasonable and naturally sociable, doth little regard anything else: and above all things is careful to preserve his own, in the continual habit and exercise both of reason and sociableness: and thereby doth co-operate with him, of whose nature he doth also participate; God.

    Meditations

  • Indeed such an ambassador ` s usefulness lies not so much in work appertaining to his official capacity as to the indirect service he can render by his sociableness, and by his character, which leaves its impress upon anything and anybody that it comes in contact with officially or otherwise.

    PART IV

  • His ravenish, unpleasant voice seemed to act on the company like a chill wind, depriving treason of its warm sociableness but leaving in the sting.

    Jimgrim and Allah's Peace

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