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

Social

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.

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B. F. Skinner - Walden Two and Beyond Freedom and Dignity
... that in the outside world because of their practice of scientific social planning and use of operant conditioning in the raising of children ... Walden, champions a lifestyle that does not support war or foster competition and social strife ... a lifestyle of minimal consumption, rich social relationships, personal happiness, satisfying work and leisure ...
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 ... plays a key role in semiotics oriented to social, political life" ...
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 Declaration ... From 1955 he was a board member of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League and lectured at the Youth League College Bommersvik ... Palme was elected as the new leader by the Social Democratic party congress and succeeded Erlander as Prime Minister ...
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 ...

More definitions of "social":

  • (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"
  • (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
  • (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
  • (noun): A party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity.
    Synonyms: sociable, mixer

Famous quotes containing the word social:

    If you give me your attention, I will tell you what I am:
    I’m a genuine philanthropist—all other kinds are sham.
    Each little fault of temper and each social defect
    In my erring fellow creatures, I endeavor to correct.
    Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)

    It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior.
    Antonin Artaud (1896–1948)

    The social forces that operate on a family during the daughter’s formative years continue to shape her experience. Thus the families, schools, and jobs that involve poor women are likely to be very hierarchically arranged, demanding conformity, passivity, and obedience—all unsupportive of continued intellectual growth.
    Mary Field Belenky (20th century)