DIMENSIONS: CONTEXT / Relationship
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Social adj. 1. pertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations: a social club. 2. friendly or sociable, as persons or the disposition. 3. of, pertaining to, connected with or suited to polite or fashionable society: a social event. 4. living or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation: Man is a social being. 5. of or pertaining to human society, esp. as a body divided into classes according to worldly status: social rank. 6. of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community: social problems. 7. pertaining to or advocating socialism. 8. Zool. living habitually together in communities, as bees or ants. Cf. solitary [def. 7] 9. Bot. growing in patches or clumps. 10. occuring between allies or confederates. -n. 11. a social gathering, esp. of or as given by an organized group: a church social. [< L sociãl(is) = soci(us) comrade + -ãlis -Al1]
-Syn. 1. amiable, companionable, genial, affable. Social, Sociable agree in being concerned with mutual relations among people. Social is a general word and may refer to organized society as a whole: social laws, equals, advancement. Sociable is more restriced in application and means fond of company and society, and good at "mixing": a friendly and sociable sort of person. -Ant. 2. inroverted. withdrawn.
Society n. 1. an organized group of persons associated together for religious benevolent, cultural, scientifc, political patriotic, or other purposes. 2. a body of individuals living as members of a community. 3. human beings collectively, associated or viewed as members of a community; the evolution of human society. 4. a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity; our American society. 5. such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form: a middle-class society; an industrial society. 6. a social group characterized by its ecconomic or social status: lower-class society; provincial society. 7. companionship, company: to enjoy someone's society. 8. the social life of wealthy, prominent, or fashionable persons. 9. the social class that comprises such persons. 10. the condition of those living in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolatoin. 11. a community. 12. Ecol. a closely integrated group of social organisims of the same species held together by mutual dependence and exhibiting division of labor. -adj. 13. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elegant society. [< MF societe < L societãt- (s. of societãs) = soci(us) a companion + -etãt- . var. of -itãt- -ITT] -Syn. 1. association, brotherhood.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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