Social science

Social science
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. [1913 Webster]

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. (Zo["o]l.) (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} (Zo["o]l.), the blackfish.

{The social evil}, prostitution. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly; familiar; communicative; convival; festive. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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