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1    living or preferring to live in a community rather than alone  
2    denoting or relating to human society or any of its subdivisions  
3    of, relating to, or characteristic of the experience, behaviour, and interaction of persons forming groups  
4    relating to or having the purpose of promoting companionship, communal activities, etc.  
a social club     
5    relating to or engaged in social services  
a social worker     
6    relating to or considered appropriate to a certain class of society, esp. one thought superior  
7    (esp. of certain species of insects) living together in organized colonies  
social bees         Compare       solitary       6  
8    (of plant species) growing in clumps, usually over a wide area  
9    an informal gathering, esp. of an organized group, to promote companionship, communal activity, etc.  
     (C16: from Latin socialis companionable, from socius a comrade)  
  socially      adv  
  socialness      n  

approved social worker  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in England) a qualified social worker specially trained in mental-health work, who is approved by his employing local authority to apply for a mentally disordered person to be admitted to hospital and detained there, or to apply for the person to be received into the guardianship of the local authority  
psychiatric social worker  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a qualified person who works with mentally disordered people and their families, based in a psychiatric hospital, child guidance clinic, or social services department area team, and who may also be an approved social worker  
social accounting  
      n   the analysis of the economy by sectors leading to the calculation and publication of economic statistics, such as gross national product and national income,   (Also called)    national accounting  
Social and Liberal Democratic Party  
      n   (in Britain) a centrist political party formed in 1988 by the merging of the Liberal Party and part of the Social Democratic Party. In 1989 it changed its name to the Liberal Democrats  
social anthropology  
      n   the branch of anthropology that deals with cultural and social phenomena such as kinship systems or beliefs, esp. of nonliterate peoples  
social assistance  
      n      a former name for       social security  
Social Chapter  
      n   the section of the Maastricht Treaty concerning working conditions, consultation of workers, employment rights, and social security. In 1993 the UK government negotiated an opt-out clause from this section of the treaty  
Social Charter  
      n   a declaration of the rights, minimum wages, maximum hours, etc., of workers in the European Union  
social climber  
      n   a person who seeks advancement to a higher social class, esp. by obsequious behaviour,   (Sometimes shortened to)    climber  
  social climbing      n  
social contract   , compact  
      n   (in the theories of Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others) an agreement, entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties  
Social Credit  
      n   (esp. in Canada) a right-wing Populist political party, movement, or doctrine based on the socioeconomic theories of Major C. H. Douglas  
  Social Crediter      n  
social democracy  
      n   sometimes cap   the beliefs, principles, practices, or programme of a Social Democratic Party or of social democrats  
  social democratic      adj  
social democrat  
1    any socialist who believes in the gradual transformation of capitalism into democratic socialism  
2    usually cap   a member of a Social Democratic Party  
Social Democratic and Labour Party  
      n   a Northern Irish political party, which advocates peaceful union with the Republic of Ireland  
Social Democratic Party  
1    (in Britain 1981--90) a centre political party founded by ex-members of the Labour Party. It formed an alliance with the Liberal Party and continued in a reduced form after many members left to join the Social and Liberal Democratic Party in 1988  
2    one of the two major political parties in Germany (formerly in West Germany), favouring gradual reform  
3    any of the parties in many other countries similar to that of Germany  
Social Education Centre  
      n   a daycentre, run by a local authority, for mentally handicapped people and sometimes also for physically handicapped or mentally ill adults  
social engineering  
      n   the manipulation of the social position and function of individuals in order to manage change in a society  
social evolution  
      n     (Sociol)   the process of social development from an early simple type of social organization to one that is complex and highly specialized  
social fund  
      n   (in Britain) a social security fund from which loans or payments may be made to people in cases of extreme need  
social housing  
      n   accommodation provided by the state for renting  
social inquiry report  
      n   (in Britain) a report on a person and his or her circumstances, which may be required by a court before sentencing and is made by a probation officer or a social worker from a local authority social services department  
social insurance  
      n   government insurance providing coverage for the unemployed, the injured, the old, etc.: usually financed by contributions from employers and employees, as well as general government revenue  
   See also       social security       national insurance       social assistance  
social market  
a    an economic system in which industry and commerce are run by private enterprise within limits set by the government to ensure equality of opportunity and social and environmental responsibility  
b    (as modifier)  
a social-market economy     
social organization  
      n     (Sociol)   the formation of a stable structure of relations inside a group, which provides a basis for order and patterns relationships for new members  
social psychology  
      n     (Psychol)   the area of psychology concerned with the interaction between individuals and groups and the effect of society on behaviour  
social realism  
1    the use of realist art, literature, etc. as a medium for social or political comment  
2       another name for       socialist realism  
social science  
1    the study of society and of the relationship of individual members within society, including economics, history, political science, psychology, anthropology, and sociology  
2    any of these subjects studied individually  
  social scientist      n  
social secretary  
1    a member of an organization who arranges its social events  
2    a personal secretary who deals with private correspondence, etc.  
social security  
1    public provision for the economic, and sometimes social, welfare of the aged, unemployed, etc., esp. through pensions and other monetary assistance  
2    often caps   a government programme designed to provide such assistance  
social services  
      pl n   welfare activities organized by the state or a local authority and carried out by trained personnel  
social stratification  
      n     (Sociol)   the hierarchical structures of class and status in any society  
social studies  
      n   functioning as sing   the study of how people live and organize themselves in society, embracing geography, history, economics, and other subjects  
social welfare  
1    the various social services provided by a state for the benefit of its citizens  
2    caps   (in New Zealand) a government department concerned with pensions and benefits for the elderly, the sick, etc.  
social work  
      n   any of various social services designed to alleviate the conditions of the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children  
  social worker      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    collective, common, communal, community, general, group, organized, public, societal  
2    companionable, friendly, gregarious, neighbourly, sociable  
3    do     (informal)   gathering, get-together     (informal)   party  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

social lubricant n.
any food, beverage, drug or activity that helps people feel more comfortable in social occasions
Ex: Having an alcohol beverage might be seen as a kind of social lubrificant as so far as it helps some peole overcome their shyness

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social services
a group selfie ; a picture taken by one person next to other people, usually to share it through social media
[Slang] comes from the combination of "selfie" and "us"
a photo of one's suntanned legs usually taken with a smartphone and shared on social media
[Neologism] combination of "legs" and "selfie". Legsies are commonly used to brag about one's vacation
meet people on a chat on Internet or via e-mail or social networks. meet virtually and not physically
a person who deliberately misleads someone on social media as to their identity
remove someone from the friends list on a social networking website
remove/delete someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website
[informal] Ex: Although he broke up with his girlfriend, he hasn't unfriended her yet.
[med.] of or relating to the medical consideration of the whole person in the treatment of a disease, not only physically but also taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms
Ex: That clinic offers a holistic medecine approach to treat both the body and the mind sometimes even using practises from eastern traditions such as meditation or acupuncture.
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
more specific: cat shaming or dog shaming
expression used when referring to someone's profession, background, social class or life experience
E.g: People from all walks of life will participate to the event
a concept relating to internet social media where people interact with each other using online identity generally referred as ‘users’ which collectively describes as virtual public.
[Tech.] online users, online avatars, internet social media public
The attack on computers, networks and interconnected infrastructures with intent to intimidate or coerce a national, international, groups of people or organizations in furtherance of political, social or personal objectives.
[Tech.];[Leg.] The attack on computers, networks and interconnected infrastructures with intent to intimidate or coerce a national, international community.
Cyber extremism is resorting any measure of imposing predetermined ideology using any online platform, beyond the norms of existing common social way of life
[Leg.];[Tech.] basis of cyber terrorism
Cyber extremism is resorting any measure of imposing predetermined ideology using any online platform, beyond the norms of existing common social way of life
[Leg.];[Tech.] basis of cyber terrorism
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
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