Definition of antisocial in English:

antisocial

Line breaks: anti|social
Pronunciation: /antɪˈsəʊʃ(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Contrary to the laws and customs of society, in a way that causes annoyance and disapproval in others: children’s antisocial behaviour
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    • The UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.
    • She said the boy had already signed an antisocial behaviour contract, under which police and the authorities monitor his actions closely.
    • In contrast, the antisocial behaviour of children who did not have psychopathic tendencies was mainly influenced by environmental factors.
    Synonyms
    objectionable, offensive, beyond the pale, unacceptable, unsocial, asocial, distasteful; disruptive, disorderly, lawless, rebellious; sociopathic
  • 1.1 Psychiatry Sociopathic.
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    • High rates of parental antisocial personality disorder, substance abuse, and maternal depression have been found in boys referred to clinics for aggressive behavior.
    • The combination of impulsive sensation-seeking and aggression was also related to antisocial personality disorder among male prisoners and to level of cocaine abuse.
    • About 3 percent of men and about 1 percent of women have antisocial personality disorder, with much higher percentages among the prison population.

Derivatives

antisocially

adverb
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  • Lunatic bikers who flout speed limits and ride antisocially are often ‘lifestyle’ criminals who take little notice of the law, according to one of North Yorkshire's most senior police officers.
  • A teenage youth offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been banned from acting antisocially in a large area of York centred around the Bell Farm estate.
  • As part of a new scheme, police show a yellow card to warn offenders who are behaving antisocially, followed by a red card if they repeat their behaviour or commit a violent offence.

Usage

On the difference in use between antisocial, unsocial, and unsociable, see unsociable (usage).

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