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social British & World English

Relating to society or its organization

social English Thesaurus

alcoholism is a major social problem

the social in social British & World English

short for social security.

box social British & World English

A fundraising event in which box lunches are auctioned off

social fact British & World English

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

social fund British & World English

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

social unit British & World English

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

social wage British & World English

The amenities provided within a society from public funds

social work British & World English

Work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those people in a community suffering from social deprivation

social class British & World English

A division of a society based on social and economic status

social credit British & World 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 British & World English

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

social gospel British & World English

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

social graph British & World English

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

social media British & World English

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

social scale British & World English

The hierarchical structure of society or of a society

social status British & World English

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

social benefit British & World English

A benefit payable under a social security system

social capital British & World English

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

social climber British & World English

A person who is anxious to gain a higher social status

social contract British & World 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 British & World English

A venereal disease

social distance British & World 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 British & World English

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

social housing British & World English

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

social justice British & World English

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

social network British & World English

A network of social interactions and personal relationships

social partner British & World 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 British & World English

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

social realism British & World English

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

social science British & World English

The scientific study of human society and social relationships

social security British & World English

(In the UK) monetary assistance from the state for people with an inadequate or no income

social service British & World English

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

social sharing British & World English

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

social software British & World English

Computer software that enables users to interact and share data

social studies British & World English

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

social assistance British & World English

Canadian term for social security.

social cleansing British & World English

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

social conscience British & World English

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

social Darwinism British & World 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 British & World English

A socialist system of government achieved by democratic means

social engineering British & World English

The application of sociological principles to specific social problems

social exclusion British & World 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 British & World English

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

social insurance British & World English

A system of compulsory contribution to enable the provision of state assistance in sickness, unemployment, etc.

social networking British & World English

The use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to one’s own

social promotion British & World English

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


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