What is social?

  • (adj): Relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society.
    Example: "Made fun of her being so social and high-toned"; "a social gossip colum"; "the society page"
    See also — Additional definitions below


The term social refers to a characteristic of living organisms as applied to populations of humans and other animals. It always refers to the interaction of organisms with other organisms and to their collective co-existence, irrespective of whether they are aware of it or not, and irrespective of whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.

Read more about Social.

Some articles on social:

Social Epistemology
... Social epistemology is a broad set of approaches to the study of knowledge, all of which construe human knowledge as a collective achievement ... Another way of positioning social epistemology is as the study of the social dimensions of knowledge ... One of the enduring difficulties with defining social epistemology is defining what knowledge means in this context ...
Taxation In The United States - Payroll Taxes - Social Security and Medicare Taxes
... Federal social insurance taxes are imposed equally on employers and employees, consisting of a tax of 6.2% of wages up to an annual wage maximum ($106,800 in 2010) for Social Security plus ...
Ideology and Semiotic Theory
... complex sets of meanings with the social agents and processes that produced them ... Foucault's 'episteme' is too narrow and abstract, not social enough ... still plays a key role in semiotics oriented to social, political life" ...
B. F. Skinner - Walden Two and Beyond Freedom and Dignity
... because of their practice of scientific social planning and use of operant conditioning in the raising of children ... a lifestyle that does not support war or foster competition and social strife ... It encourages a lifestyle of minimal consumption, rich social relationships, personal happiness, satisfying work and leisure ...
Olof Palme - Political Career
... Social Democracy Development Humanism Age of Enlightenment French Revolution Utopian socialism Trade unionism Revolutions of 1848 Orthodox Marxism Revisionism Progressivism Reformism Gradualism Frankfurt ... From 1955 he was a board member of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League and lectured at the Youth League College Bommersvik ... stepped down in 1969, Palme was elected as the new leader by the Social Democratic party congress and succeeded Erlander as Prime Minister ...

More definitions of "social":

  • (adj): Marked by friendly companionship with others.
    Example: "A social cup of coffee"
  • (adj): Composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability.
    Example: "A purely social club"; "the church has a large social hall"; "a social director"
  • (adj): Relating to human society and its members.
    Example: "Social institutions"; "social legislation"
    Synonyms: societal
  • (adj): (of birds and animals) tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind.
    Example: "Ants are social insects"
    Synonyms: herding, swarming
  • (noun): A party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity.
    Synonyms: sociable, mixer
  • (adj): Living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups.
    Example: "Human beings are social animals"; "spent a relaxed social evening"; "immature social behavior"

Famous quotes containing the word social:

    ...every woman who has any margin of time or money to spare should adopt some one public interest, some philanthropic undertaking, or some social agitation of reform, and give to that cause whatever time and work she may be able to afford ...
    Frances Power Cobbe (1822–1904)

    The difference between style and taste is never easy to define, but style tends to be centered on the social, and taste upon the individual. Style then works along axes of similarity to identify group membership, to relate to the social order; taste works within style to differentiate and construct the individual. Style speaks about social factors such as class, age, and other more flexible, less definable social formations; taste talks of the individual inflection of the social.
    John Fiske (b. 1939)

    It’s frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.
    —W.H. (Wystan Hugh)