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social    : [s'oʃəl]
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.
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2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse;
companionable; sociable; as, a social person.
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3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
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Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not
Social communication. --Milton.
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4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of
many individual plants of the same species.
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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.
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{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

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

{The social evil}, prostitution.
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Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly;
familiar; communicative; convival; festive.
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adj 1: relating to human society and its members; "social
institutions"; "societal evolution"; "societal forces";
"social legislation" [synonym: {social}, {societal}]
2: living together or enjoying life in communities or organized
groups; "a human being is a social animal"; "mature social
behavior" [ant: {unsocial}]
3: relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high
society; "made fun of her being so social and high-toned"; "a
social gossip colum"; "the society page"
4: composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of
sociability; "a purely social club"; "the church has a large
social hall"; "a social director"
5: tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the
same kind; "ants are social insects"
6: marked by friendly companionship with others; "a social cup
of coffee"
n 1: a party of people assembled to promote sociability and
communal activity [synonym: {sociable}, {social}, {mixer}]

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

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