social
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin socialis, from socius companion, ally, associate; akin to Old English secg man, companion, Latin sequi to follow — more at sue Date: 14th century 1. involving allies or confederates <
the Social War between the Athenians and their allies
>
2. a. marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with one's friends or associates <
leads a very full social life
>
b. sociable c. of, relating to, or designed for sociability <
a social club
>
3. of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society <
social institutions
>
4. a. tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others of one's kind ; gregarious b. living and breeding in more or less organized communities <
social insects
>
c. of a plant tending to grow in groups or masses so as to form a pure stand 5. a. of, relating to, or based on rank or status in a particular society <
a member of our social set
>
b. of, relating to, or characteristic of the upper classes c. formal 6. being such in social situations <
a social drinker
>
II. noun Date: 1870 sociable

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  • social — social, iale, iaux [ sɔsjal, jo ] adj. • 1557; « agréable aux autres » 1506; « associé » 1352; lat. socialis « sociable, relatif aux alliés », de socius « compagnon » I ♦ 1 ♦ (répandu XVIIIe) Relatif à un groupe d individus, d hommes, conçu comme …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • social — adj Social, gregarious, cooperative, convivial, companionable, hospitable are comparable rather than synonymous terms that all involve and often stress the idea of having or manifesting a liking for or attraction to the company of others. Social …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • social — so‧cial [ˈsəʊʆl ǁ ˈsoʊ ] adjective 1. concerning human society and its organization, or the quality of people s lives: • The only measurable social cost of high speed rail is that of noise. • Companies who dump waste are ignoring their social… …   Financial and business terms

  • social — adjetivo 1. De la sociedad humana y de las relaciones entre los individuos y clases: organización social, posición social, vida social, convenciones sociales. clase* (social). 2. Que tiene relación con los problemas de la sociedad, o muestra… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • social — (Del lat. sociālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la sociedad. 2. Perteneciente o relativo a una compañía o sociedad, o a los socios o compañeros, aliados o confederados. ☛ V. asistente social, beneficiario de la seguridad social, caculo… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • social — SOCIÁL, Ă, sociali, e, adj. 1. Creat de societate, propriu societăţii; care este legat de viaţa oamenilor în societate, de raporturile lor în societate sau faţă de societate; care priveşte societatea omenească. 2. Propriu unui anumit tip de… …   Dicționar Român

  • social — [sō′shəl] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr < L socialis < socius, companion, akin to sequi, to follow < IE base * sekw , to follow > OE secg, man, warrior] 1. of or having to do with human beings living together as a group in a situation in… …   English World dictionary

  • social — social, ale (so si al, a l ) adj. 1°   Qui concerne la société. •   On convient que tout ce que chacun aliène, par le pacte social, de sa puissance, de ses biens, de sa liberté, c est seulement la partie de tout cela dont l usage importe à la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • social- — ❖ ♦ Premier élément de composés. ⇒ Social chrétien, social démocrate, social démocratie, socialo …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • social — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to society, its organization, or hierarchy. 2) needing companionship; suited to living in communities. 3) relating to or designed for activities in which people meet each other for pleasure. 4) (of birds, insects, or… …   English terms dictionary

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