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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Social  \So"cial\,  a.  [L.  socialis,  from  socius  a  companion;  akin 
  to  sequi  to  follow:  cf  F.  social.  See  {Sue}  to  follow.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  society;  relating  to  men  living  in 
  society,  or  to  the  public  as  an  aggregate  body;  as  social 
  interest  or  concerns;  social  pleasure;  social  benefits; 
  social  happiness;  social  duties.  ``Social  phenomena.'' 
  --J.  S.  Mill. 
  2.  Ready  or  disposed  to  mix  in  friendly  converse; 
  companionable;  sociable;  as  a  social  person. 
  3.  Consisting  in  union  or  mutual  intercourse. 
  Best  with  thyself  accompanied,  seek'st  not  Social 
  communication.  --Milton. 
  4.  (Bot.)  Naturally  growing  in  groups  or  masses;  --  said  of 
  many  individual  plants  of  the  same  species. 
  5.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Living  in  communities  consisting  of  males,  females, 
  and  neuters,  as  do  ants  and  most  bees. 
  b  Forming  compound  groups  or  colonies  by  budding  from 
  basal  processes  or  stolons;  as  the  social  ascidians. 
  {Social  science},  the  science  of  all  that  relates  to  the 
  social  condition,  the  relations  and  institutions  which  are 
  involved  in  man's  existence  and  his  well-being  as  a  member 
  of  an  organized  community;  sociology.  It  concerns  itself 
  with  questions  of  the  public  health,  education,  labor, 
  punishment  of  crime,  reformation  of  criminals,  and  the 
  {Social  whale}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  blackfish. 
  {The  social  evil},  prostitution. 
  Syn:  Sociable;  companionable;  conversible;  friendly; 
  familiar;  communicative;  convival;  festive. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  relating  to  human  society  and  its  members;  "social 
  institutions";  "societal  evolution";  "societal 
  forces";  "social  legislation"  [syn:  {societal}] 
  2:  living  together  or  enjoying  life  in  communities  or  organized 
  groups;  "human  beings  are  social  animals";  "spent  a 
  relaxed  social  evening";  "immature  social  behavior"  [ant: 
  3:  relating  to  or  belonging  to  or  characteristic  of  high 
  society;  "made  fun  of  her  being  so  social  and  high-toned"; 
  "a  social  gossip  colum";  "the  society  page" 
  4:  composed  of  sociable  people  or  formed  for  the  purpose  of 
  sociability;  "a  purely  social  club";  "the  church  has  a 
  large  social  hall";  "a  social  director" 
  5:  (of  birds  and  animals)  tending  to  move  or  live  together  in 
  groups  or  colonies  of  the  same  kind  "ants  are  social 
  insects";  "the  herding  instinct  in  sheep  or  cattle"; 
  "swarming  behavior  in  bees"  [syn:  {herding(a)},  {swarming(a)}] 
  6:  marked  by  friendly  companionship  with  others  "a  social  cup 
  of  coffee" 
  n  :  a  party  of  people  assembled  to  promote  sociability  and 
  communal  activity  [syn:  {sociable},  {mixer}] 

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