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adjective social pronunciation in British English /ˈsəʊʃ(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    relating to society and to peoples 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
    a social activity/engagement/get-together
    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.


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