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adjective     social pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    relating to society and to people’s lives in general

    They try to address social problems such as unemployment and poor health.

    social justice:

    The interests of big companies are rarely compatible with social justice.

    social change:

    a period of enormous political and social change

    social conditions:

    There has been a progressive deterioration of the social conditions of small farmers.

    1. a.
      relating to the position that someone has in society in relation to other people

      a judgment about someone based on their social background

      The evidence shows a relationship between crime and social class.

  2. 2
    relating to activities that involve being with other people, especially activities that you do for pleasure
    social contact:

    The worst thing about working from home is the lack of social contact.

    a social call (=a visit for the purpose of pleasure, not business):

    This is not a social call. I’m afraid I have some bad news.

    1. a.
      relating to rules about behaviour with other people
      social skills (=how good you are at meeting and dealing with people):

      We need someone with excellent social skills.

      social graces (=manners):

      The children still need to learn a few social graces.

    2. b.
      a social person enjoys being with other people
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  3. 3
    biology social animals live in groups instead of living alone
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