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social US English

Of or relating to society or its organization

social US Thesaurus

a major social problem

box social US English

A fundraising event in which box lunches are auctioned off

social fact US English

A thing originating in the institutions or culture of a society that affects the behavior or attitudes of an individual member of that society

social fund US English

(In the UK) a social security fund from which loans or grants are made to people in need

social unit US English

An individual, or a group or community, considered as a discrete constituent of a society or larger group

social wage US English

The amenities provided within a society from public funds

social work US English

Work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those in need of help or welfare

social class US English

A division of a society based on social and economic status

social credit US English

The economic theory that consumer purchasing power should be increased either by subsidizing producers so that they can lower prices or by distributing the profits of industry to consumers

social gaming US English

The activity or practice of playing an online game on a social media platform

social gospel US English

Christian faith practiced as a call not just to personal conversion but to social reform

social graph US English

A representation of the interconnection of relationships in an online social network

social ladder US English

The hierarchical structure of society or of a society

social media US English

Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking

social status US English

A person’s standing or importance in relation to other people within a society

social benefit US English

A benefit payable under a social security system

social capital US English

The networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively

social climber US English

A person who is eager to gain a higher social status

social contract US English

An implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits, for example by sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection. Theories of a social contract became popular in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries among theorists such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as a means of explaining the origin of government and the obligations of subjects

social disease US English

A venereal disease

social distance US English

The perceived or desired degree of remoteness between a member of one social group and the members of another, as evidenced in the level of intimacy tolerated between them

social drinker US English

A person who drinks alcohol chiefly on social occasions and only in moderate quantities

social housing US English

Housing provided for people on low incomes or with particular needs by government agencies or non-profit organizations

social justice US English

Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society

social network US English

A network of social interactions and personal relationships

social partner US English

An individual or organization, such as an employer, trade union, or employee, participating in a cooperative relationship for the mutual benefit of all concerned

social process US English

The pattern of growth and change in a society over the years

social realism US English

The realistic depiction in art of contemporary life, as a means of social or political comment

social science US English

The scientific study of human society and social relationships

social security US English

Any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with an inadequate or no income

social service US English

Government services provided for the benefit of the community, such as education, medical care, and housing

social sharing US English

The practice of sharing content from a website on a social media site or application

social software US English

Computer software that enables users to interact and share data

social studies US English

Various aspects or branches of the study of human society, considered as an educational discipline

social assistance US English

Canadian term for social security.

social cleansing US English

The large-scale removal from an area of members of a social category regarded as undesirable

social conscience US English

A sense of responsibility or concern for the problems and injustices of society

social Darwinism US English

The theory that individuals, groups, and peoples are subject to the same Darwinian laws of natural selection as plants and animals. Now largely discredited, social Darwinism was advocated by Herbert Spencer and others in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was used to justify political conservatism, imperialism, and racism and to discourage intervention and reform

social democracy US English

A socialist system of government achieved by democratic means

social engineering US English

The application of sociological principles to specific social problems

social exclusion US English

Exclusion from the prevailing social system and its rights and privileges, typically as a result of poverty or the fact of belonging to a minority social group

social geography US English

The study of people and their environment with particular emphasis on social factors

social insurance US English

A system of compulsory contribution to provide government assistance in sickness, unemployment, etc.

social networking US English

The use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to oneself

social promotion US English

The practice promoting a child to the next grade level regardless of skill mastery in the belief that it will promote self-esteem

social psychology US English

The branch of psychology that deals with social interactions, including their origins and their effects on the individual

social secretary US English

A person who arranges the social activities of a person or organization

social entrepreneur US English

A person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change

social inquiry report US English

(In the UK) a report made by a probation officer or social worker on a person’s character and circumstances, which may be required by a court before sentencing

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