Social vs. Societal

By Jaxson

  • Social

    Living organisms including humans are social when they live collectively in interacting populations, whether they are aware of it, and whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.

  • Social (noun)

    A festive gathering to foster introductions.

    “They organized a social at the dance club to get people to know each other.”

  • Social (noun)

    A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married.

  • Social (noun)

    (with definite article) Abbreviation of social security, referring to the UK state welfare system, or of related terms such as Social Security Office or Social Security Benefit.

    “Fred hated going down to the social to sign on.”

  • Social (noun)

    abbreviation of social security number

    “What’s your social?”

  • Social (noun)

    A dinner dance event, usually held annually by a company or sporting club.

  • Social (adjective)

    Being extroverted or outgoing.

    “James is a very social guy; he knows lots of people.”

  • Social (adjective)

    Of or relating to society.

    “Teresa feels uncomfortable in certain social situations.”

    “Unemployment is a social problem.”

  • Social (adjective)

    Relating to social media or social networks.

    “social gaming”

  • Social (adjective)

    Relating to a nation’s allies (compare the Social War)

  • Social (adjective)

    Cooperating or growing in groups.

    “a social insect”

  • Societal (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to activities, customs, etc.

  • Social (adjective)

    relating to society or its organization

    “the social structure of Europe had become more fluid”

    “alcoholism is recognized as a major social problem”

  • Social (adjective)

    relating to rank and status in society

    “a recent analysis of social class in Britain”

    “her mother is a lady of the highest social standing”

  • Social (adjective)

    needing companionship and therefore best suited to living in communities

    “we are social beings as well as individuals”

  • Social (adjective)

    relating to or designed for activities in which people meet each other for pleasure

    “staff facilities included a social club and leisure complex”

    “Guy led a full social life”

  • Social (adjective)

    (of a bird) gregarious; breeding or nesting in colonies.

  • Social (adjective)

    (of an insect) living together in organized communities, typically with different castes, as ants, bees, wasps, and termites do.

  • Social (adjective)

    (of a mammal) living together in groups, typically in a hierarchical system with complex communication.

  • Social (noun)

    an informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group

    “a church social”

  • Social (noun)

    short for social security

    “not everyone’s on the social and taking drugs”

Oxford Dictionary

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