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Definition of SOCIAL

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Social \So"cial\, a. [L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See {Sue} to follow.]
     1. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits; social happiness; social duties. "Social phenomena." --J. S. Mill. [1913 Webster]

     2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable; as, a social person. [1913 Webster]

     3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
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              Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not Social communication.                 --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Zool.)
        (a) Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees. (b) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians. [1913 Webster]

     {Social science}, the science of all that relates to the social condition, the relations and institutions which are involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself with questions of the public health, education, labor, punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the like.

     {Social whale} (Zool.), the blackfish.

     {The social evil}, prostitution.
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     Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly; familiar; communicative; convival; festive. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

73 Moby Thesaurus words for "social":
     affable, affair, amiable, amusing, associated, associational, at home, civic, civil, clubbable, clubbish, clubby, coalitional, collective, collectivistic, common, communal, communicative, communistic, community, commutual, companionable, companionate, compatible, congenial, conjoint, convivial, cooperative, cordial, cosmopolitan, courteous, entertaining, fit for society, fond of society, friendly, gathering, general, genial, get-together, gracious, gregarious, group, hospitable, in common, international, joint, levee, matinee, mutual, national, organizational, pleasant, pleasurable, popular, public, reception, reciprocal, reunion, salon, sexual, sociable, social affair, social gathering, social-minded, socialistic, societal, society, soiree, state, supranational, urbane, venereal, wake

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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