Adjective "social" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to society or its organization.
  1. 'the social structure of Europe had become more fluid'
  2. 'The aim is to raise standards in areas with social problems and therefore improve the average across the county.'
  3. 'Architecture has always been a mirror to the social structure of a society.'
  4. 'Drawing on the support and resources of the community, known as social capital, is a common theme in ethnic enterprises.'
  5. 'The Government has a key role to play in helping individuals and communities deal with the social effects of change.'
  6. 'A portion of the money raised will be donated to various civil rights and social organizations.'
  7. 'We have stated that we support business as long as it retains an ethical outlook with a concern for social responsibility and the community.'
  8. 'Let them hear from you with your ideas on how social and community problems can be tackled.'
  9. 'Yesterday dozens of people attended a street party in Avebury Road, specially designed to break down social barriers.'
  10. 'His diaries indicated he is aware of the social crises in his community and does something about them.'
  11. 'Binge drinking can cause significant health problems for young people and it is now clear it is a major social problem in our communities.'
  12. 'her mother is a lady of the highest social standing'
  13. 'When there is no cash, there is no social mobility and therefore no threat to the status quo.'
  14. 'It seems that our perceptions of beauty are determined largely by our perceptions of social status.'
  15. 'That was when the presence of imported equipment in the house spelt social status and turned the neighbours green with envy.'
  16. 'There is no distinction of class, wealth or social status made during the exercise, and all are treated as equal.'
  17. 'His elevated social status allowed him to speak out on issues in exactly the way that he saw fit, no matter what the consequences.'
  18. 'Furthermore, clocks were a symbol of wealth and social status at that time.'
  19. 'The rank and social standing of the subjects of portraiture are also expressed by conventions, which shift with time.'
  20. 'Unlike the hereditary peerages of old, knighthoods are not bestowed according to birth or social status.'
  21. 'With this success has come lots of positions in government, and a new social status for election winners within the party.'
  22. 'Previously batik's motifs and colors indicated the social status of the users.'
Needing companionship and therefore best suited to living in communities.
  1. 'He has become social with other children, engages in imaginary play, and has started to potty train!'
  2. 'Children become social companions rather than problems, although your wallet needs to be guarded - more than ever.'
  3. 'She began to make friends and become social.'
  4. 'staff facilities included a social club and leisure complex'
  5. 'We are at the beginning of a Golden Age of social software, software designed to support the interactions of groups of people.'
  6. 'Both Miki and I are really sociable people and the thing I missed most was social company.'
  7. 'Generations have grown up honing their sporting and social skills at the community games.'
  8. 'The March meeting concluded with a social chat and a very nice supper hosted by Mary Delaney and Margaret Collier.'
  9. 'She is as sharp as a tack, but excellent company in a social setting.'
  10. 'A youth shelter is designed to meet the social needs of young people where they can sit and talk.'
  11. 'The group arranges social facilities and community support for lonely, mentally and emotionally unwell people.'
  12. 'The Club meets for social tennis every Sunday afternoon and it is hoped to have regular members' sessions at other times.'
  13. 'It's always unsettling when friends leave: it creates a huge gap in the community and on the social calendar.'
  14. 'She had come bent on changing us, like she often did after social calls in such company.'
(of a bird) gregarious; breeding or nesting in colonies.
  1. 'Swifts tend to be social species and will feed and roost in large mixed-species flocks.'
  2. 'The African Jacana is another bird that has unique social and mating behaviour.'
  3. 'One of the baffling things about social insects such as ants is how their co-operative behaviour has evolved.'
  4. 'Various models have been presented to account for division of labor in social insects.'
  5. 'Studying more on social insects, he knew that males existed, but were rarely as powerful as the queen.'
  6. 'You know in that sense obviously we have evolved from social primates.'
  7. 'This should not surprise us - it is, in some degree, a characteristic of most social mammals.'


An informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group.
  1. 'Members may go on trips, attend lectures, participate in art tours and attend dinners and socials.'
  2. 'Clough Hall was a great dancing place in yonder years, and now it is re-opened to some great socials.'
  3. 'Students should attend conferences, events, socials, seminars, and other networking opportunities.'
  4. 'The late Dr. Cawley was chairman of the Swinford Branch for many years and ensured regular meetings were held and socials organised, as well as the annual church gate collections.'
  5. 'At parent-teachers meetings, open-houses, and school socials, parents seem to be filled with pride and confidence about the school.'
  6. 'Those years are the important ones where my peers learned, at school dances, youth clubs, church socials, parties, etc. all the rules of social interaction and behaviour that passed me right by.'
  7. 'Young people meet at funerals, weddings, churches, and school socials.'
  8. 'According to Haynes, the idea behind the club is, ‘We are always fundraising and having socials for ourselves.’'
  9. 'He began singing and playing in churches, socials, and fairs all around their hometown in Eastern Kentucky.'
  10. 'Bearden's colorful, innovative collages document jazz performances, church socials, and other elements of black culture from the 1940s though his death in 1988.'
  1. 'How can they live their entire lives on the social?'


1. relating to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations: a social club.

2. seeking or enjoying the companionship of others; friendly; sociable; gregarious.

3. of, relating 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: People are social beings.

5. of or relating to human society, especially as a body divided i

More examples(as adjective)

"responses can be social in natures."

"processes can be social in natures."

"moralities can be social in origins."

"democrats can be social."

"securities can be social."

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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin socialis ‘allied’, from socius ‘friend’.