Definitions

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

  • adj. Living together in communities.
  • adj. Of or relating to communal living.
  • adj. Of or relating to human society and its modes of organization: social classes; social problems; a social issue.
  • adj. Living together in organized groups or similar close aggregates: Ants are social insects.
  • adj. Involving allies or members of a confederacy.
  • adj. Of or relating to the upper classes.
  • adj. Inclined to seek out or enjoy the company of others; sociable.
  • adj. Spent in or marked by friendly relations or companionship.
  • adj. Intended for convivial activities.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or occupied with matters affecting human welfare: social programs.
  • n. An informal social gathering, as of the members of a church congregation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A festive gathering to foster introductions.
  • n. A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married.
  • n. Short for social security benefit, the UK government department responsible for administering such welfare benefit, for its employees.
  • n. Short for social security number.
  • adj. Being extroverted or outgoing.
  • adj. Of or relating to society.
  • adj. Relating to social media or social networks.
  • adj. Relating to a nation's allies (cf. the Social War)
  • adj. Cooperating in groups.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body
  • adj. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable.
  • adj. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
  • adj. Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species.
  • adj.
  • adj. Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees.
  • adj. Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed to live in companies; delighting in or desirous of the company, fellowship, and coöperation of others: as, man is a social animal.
  • Companionable; sociable; ready to mix in friendly relations or intercourse with one's fellows; also, characteristic of companionable or sociable persons: as, social tastes; a man of fine social instincts.
  • Of or pertaining to society, or to the community as a body: as, social duties, interests, usages, problems, questions, etc.; social science.
  • In zoology:
  • Associating together; gregarious; given to flocking; republican; sociable: as, social ants, bees, wasps, or birds.
  • Colonial, aggregate, or compound; not simple or solitary: as, the social ascidians; social polyps. See Sociales.
  • In botany, noting species of plants, as the common ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), in which the individuals grow in clumps or patches, or often cover large tracts to the exclusion of other species.
  • Synonyms See sociable.
  • n. A sociable; an informal gathering of people, especially a church gathering.

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

  • adj. relating to human society and its members
  • adj. marked by friendly companionship with others
  • adj. relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society
  • adj. composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability
  • n. a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
  • adj. living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
  • adj. tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind

Etymologies

Middle English sociale, domestic, from Old French social, from Latin sociālis, of companionship, from socius, companion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French social, from Latin sociālis ("of or belonging to a companion or companionship or association, social"), from socius ("a companion, fellow, partner, associate, ally"), from sequor ("follow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Condorcet moved from his first achievements in mathematics into public service, with the aim of applying to social and political affairs a scientific model that he termed a ˜social arithmetic.™

    The Snowbank

  • This event will consist of workshops on building leadership skills, discussions on social issues, spaces to share personal passions and ideas for change, and a scope to transform a �social change idea� into a �social initiative�.

    A YOUTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

  • This approach stood in opposition to the more empiricist view dominant since Hume, Comte and Mill, that the moral or social sciences had relied on conceptual and methodological analogies with the natural sciences, from Newtonian and statistical mechanics, such as Condorcet's ˜social mathematics™ and also from biology, such as Saint-Simon's ˜social physiology™.

    The Unity of Science

  • -- The investigation of social evils and of their proper remedies, and of the laws which govern man in his social relations, has received of late the name of _social science_.

    Outline of Universal History

  • It is more difficult to say which extreme is worst, among _an equal number of individuals_; but probably the city; for in the country, vice is oftener solitary, and less frequently social; while in the city it is not only _social_ but also _solitary_.

    The Young Man's Guide

  • ˜social conditions™ that brought his views into conflict with a number of reformers, including the Fabian social radicals, Sidney and Beatrice Webb.

    My Recycled Soul

  • ˜social minimum policy regime™ as a set of policies and institutions that serve to secure reasonable access to this social minimum for all members of the society.

    Social Minimum

  • _transient offices_, or _occupations not related to social life_; using such titles only as indicate a rank or profession that is _for life_; and which has become a part of the man's _identity_, or which is distinctly allied to his _social conditions_.

    Etiquette

  • And I am increasingly of the view that it’s not just that the CS code doesn’t properly account for social media, there’s actual a wider problem with regulating and allowing for what you might broadly call ’social movement’ politics generally.

    Why I’m going dark for purdah at Helpful Technology

  • I have followed the trajectory of US National Public Radio’s Bryant Park Project because they were experimenting with so many social media tools and ideas, and more than that, they seemed to have grokked the ’social’ in social media.

    Strange Attractor » 2008 » July

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