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a moral/legal/social obligation
▪ We have a moral obligation to take care of our environment.
a political/social/economic etc issue
▪ They discussed a number of political issues.
a social circle
▪ Dan and I didn’t mix in the same social circles.
a social club (=where you meet people and talk)
▪ Older people may benefit from joining a social club.
a social conscience (=a moral sense of how society should be or how you can help it)
▪ The writer’s strong social conscience is obvious in all his novels.
a social critic (=of human society and its organizations)
▪ Social critics have argued that television viewing decreases people's other social activities.
a social custom
▪ Our people do not want to imitate western social customs.
a social evening (=an event at which a group of people meet and spend time with each other)
▪ We should organize a social evening to welcome the new members of staff.
a social event (=an event at which a group of people meet and spend time together for pleasure)
▪ I don’t go to many social events since my husband’s death.
a social evil (=something bad that happens in human society)
▪ The community is being torn apart by poverty, drug abuse and other social evils.
a social experiment (=one in which people try a new way of living and organizing society)
▪ The community started out as a social experiment.
a social group (=a group of people from a particular class in society)
▪ Lower social groups had a higher average family size.
a social occasion
▪ I prefer not to discuss business at social occasions.
a social relationship
▪ Satisfactory social relationships with adults are very important.
a social situation (=a situation in which someone is with other people)
▪ He felt uncomfortable in social situations.
a social taboo
▪ There is a social taboo against expressing negative views of other races.
a social/cultural convention
▪ Each society has its own cultural conventions.
a social/cultural etc phenomenon
▪ Crime is a complex social phenomenon.
a social/political/cultural dimension
▪ His writing has a strong political dimension.
be/live on social security (=be receiving money from the government)
cultural/economic/social etc imperialism
▪ Small nations resent Western cultural imperialism.
cultural/social evolution
▪ Neither cultural or social evolution is any guarantee that we are moving towards a better world.
cultural/social values
▪ a book about a clash between British and Chinese cultural values
▪ The films of the time reflected these changing social values.
economic/political/social etc chaos
▪ Afterwards there was widespread famine and economic chaos.
economic/social/environmental etc benefits
▪ Tourism has brought considerable economic benefits to the island.
educational/social etc psychology
▪ experts in the field of developmental psychology
environmental/political/social awareness
have a new/social etc dimension
▪ Learning a language has an important cultural dimension.
political/social conflict
▪ Widespread unemployment often leads to social conflict.
political/social etc history
▪ the political history of Germany
political/social satire
▪ a comedy group that does political satire
political/social/economic etc elite
▪ the domination of power by a small political elite
political/social/economic etc grouping
▪ During this period the family unit becomes the natural social grouping.
political/social/economic etc repercussions
political/social/economic realities
▪ He's ignoring political realities.
political/social/historical etc significance
▪ The political significance of this change should not be underestimated.
racial/social inequity
▪ a report on racial inequity in the UK
racial/social/political harmony
▪ We aim to promote racial harmony through shared sporting activities.
social audit
▪ a social audit of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
social background
▪ Universities aim to attract students from varied social backgrounds.
social barriers
▪ The Internet allows people of all ages to interact without the usual social barriers.
social butterfly
▪ Gwen’s a real social butterfly.
social class
▪ Is there a link between crime and social class?
social climber
social club
social competence
▪ The first years of life are very important in a child's growth toward social competence.
Social conditioning
Social conditioning makes crying more difficult for men.
social conscience
social contract
social democracy
social engineering
social exclusion
▪ efforts to combat poverty and social exclusion
social expectations (=relating to what society thinks or expects)
▪ Social expectations of masculine and feminine behaviour changed drastically during the 1960s and '70s.
social fabric
▪ The country’s social fabric is disintegrating.
social factors
▪ Social factors have played their part in the decline in family sizes.
social fund
social graces
▪ Max definitely lacked social graces.
social habits (=the things people normally do when they are with other people)
▪ Television changed some of our social habits.
social housing
social implications
▪ She’s studying the social implications of different patterns of work.
social inequality
▪ Education can play a large part in reducing social inequality.
social institutions
social institutions such as the family and religion
social mobility
social mobility
social networking site
social networking
social ruin (=when someone loses their position or rank in society)
▪ In those days, breaking off your engagement could mean social ruin.
social science
social security
▪ social security benefits
social service
▪ Contact social services for help.
social skills (=the ability to get on well with people)
▪ Unsociable toddlers were found to have poor social skills later.
social status
▪ I lied about my family’s social status.
social stratification
▪ The Indian caste system is an example of social stratification.
social studies
social tension
▪ The economic crisis was accompanied by mounting social tension.
social ties
▪ Besides marriage, other social ties drew people together.
social unrest
▪ The policy led to rising unemployment and social unrest.
social whirl
▪ the social whirl of New York publishing
social work
social worker
social/cultural etc norms
social/cultural/sexual etc revolution
▪ the biggest social revolution we have had in this country
▪ the sexual revolution of the 1960s
social/economic/educational disadvantage
▪ Unemployment often leads to social disadvantage.
social/economic/emotional etc deprivation
▪ Low birth weight is related to economic deprivation.
social/human contact (=spending time with other people)
▪ He lived alone and had little human contact.
social/political/cultural etc formation
▪ Marx founded a new science: the science of the history of social formations.
social/political/economic consequences
▪ The rise in food prices has had enormous economic and political consequences.
social/political/economic equality
▪ Black people had to fight for social and economic equality with whites.
social/political/economic etc change
▪ Demands for political and social change are growing.
social/political/economic structure
▪ Many changes had taken place in the social and political structure of the island.
the cultural/social environment
▪ Changes in the cultural environment affect people’s attitudes and values.
the Labour/Conservative/Social Democratic etc government
▪ In August 1931, the Labour government collapsed.
the political/economic/social etc climate
▪ At the time the political climate was moving steadily to the right.
the social scale
▪ At the other end of the social scale, life is a constant struggle to get enough to eat.
the social scene
▪ She loved the city, and really enjoyed the social scene.
the social side
▪ The social side of the group is very important.
the social sphere
▪ The following chapter considers the influence of factors in the wider social sphere.
the social/political/historical etc context
▪ You often need to understand the cultural context of jokes.
▪ Restored quarrymen's cottages at Gloddfa Ganol show the social background of the industrial workers.
▪ Childhood cancers, including leukaemia, can strike a healthy child at random, regardless of race, social background or creed.
▪ Both parents were of Breton origin, but of markedly different social backgrounds.
▪ It must be seen against the social background of early Anglo-Saxon society in the seventh century.
▪ Then suddenly they became part of the social background like film stars or professional football players.
▪ The police tend to operate with different expectations of individuals from different social backgrounds.
▪ A Chance to Dance aims to encourage children of all ethnic groups and social backgrounds.
▪ This proceeding ignored the current theory that intelligence was independent of social background.
▪ Such a cost none the less needs setting against the advantages in any ecological study of gorilla social behaviour.
▪ This is the case with all deviant social behaviour, such as incorrect marriages or theft.
▪ Evil to their mind is easily detectable: it reveals itself in bizarre appearances, anti-social behaviour.
▪ What many people believe to be stimulation is actually a loss of inhibition that normally controls their social behaviour.
▪ Enlightened self-interest is, for those of us who are not saints, the necessary condition of social behaviour.
▪ For many weeks she watched and noted their social behaviour without being spat at.
▪ The expansion, or attempted expansion, of genes is seen as the central causal mechanism underlying both individual and social behaviour.
▪ Solitariness is thus a result of social behaviour and may produce particular societal structures involving wide dispersion.
▪ Such reduced absenteeism is a social benefit in that it reduces public expenditure through the statutory sick-pay scheme.
▪ Workers are paid in glass, receive their social benefits in glass and must sell the glass to stay alive.
▪ They can have very different employment protection laws and social benefits.
▪ Dole campaigns vigorously against federal mandates that require states to provide stipulated social benefits or meet a variety of federal guidelines.
▪ It is thought that therapeutic operations provide such a social benefit by the psychological benefit.
▪ Marginal social cost and marginal social benefit would then be equated at the point E *;.
▪ Thus, beyond a certain point the marginal social benefit of further risk reduction will exceed the marginal social cost.
▪ Expanding output would add more to social benefit than to social cost.
▪ Historians study social change and they focus on particular events for their data.
▪ Anyway, I knew all along that this education was going to be put to work for social change.
▪ Study, explore and anticipate social change affecting the global environment; 3.
▪ Instead, it will be a vehicle for gradual, quiet yet profound social change.
▪ And what, in any case, did these radical critics of social change in fact propose to offer?
▪ How far did war affect the economy or bring about social change?
▪ The Victorian period was one of tremendous economic and social change.
▪ This of course opens up possibilities of positive social change.
▪ There continued to be striking regional and social class variations in infant mortality and in life expectancy at later ages.
▪ The Baker-Donaher family were the flip side of the Wilkins of Reading: different hemispheres, different social class.
▪ Pupils among the less affluent social classes account for half of the population but only 13 % of entry to top universities.
▪ There were some clear social class differences in their answers.
▪ There is an unspoken recognition of a certain disposition or habitus among the social classes.
▪ Most controls were from lower to mid-middle class, while the cases had a greater spread of social class.
▪ The decades following the Second World War saw an historically unprecedented growth in retirement at a fixed age for all social classes.
▪ These determinants include motivation, culture, social class, the family and so on.
▪ You can't get it from ordinary social contact like sharing food, towels, toilets or hugs.
▪ While some tribal people moved into Freetown, they, too, had limited social contact with the Creoles.
▪ The third high-risk group comprises manual workers without hobbies and interests, whose entire social contact has been based on their workplace.
▪ This confirms the well observed inverse relationship between disability and social contact.
▪ A key question concerns the types of social contact that may be associated with a high risk of transmission of P cepacia.
▪ More specifically, it was the daughters, as opposed to spouse carers, who were upset by the reduced social contact.
▪ People still want to have the social contact that work offers, and want to stay in regular touch with their co-workers.
▪ But a busy life inevitably leaves little time for social contact.
▪ Some would argue that above semantics lies a level concerned with the use of language in its social context.
▪ I plan to consider these questions as they relate to the human need to create and maintain self-identity in a social context.
▪ In the first place, the rhetorical perspective advocates understanding attitudes in terms of the wider social context.
▪ You rarely find consideration of the social context of error, or of its significance in the growth of the writer.
▪ Individuals do not move through a smooth physical vacuum; they negotiate structured social contexts in company with other individuals.
▪ In the social context, drugs such as caffeine, sugar and chocolate are well accepted and much enjoyed by millions worldwide.
▪ Attempts to help people in distress are less successful when treated in isolation from the social context in which they live.
▪ The companies' main concerns, however, were with social control of their workforces outside the pits.
▪ He tries to provide for reform within a political framework and he introduces consensus, as a social control variable.
▪ It was therefore apparent that the specific practice of lawyers can not be theorised as social control.
▪ All political regimes attempt to manipulate information as a means of social control.
▪ In urban areas, therefore, the effectiveness of informal social control is reduced.
▪ Once again shame and stigma are being touted as methods of social control.
▪ The church for its part acted as an administrative agency of colonial expansion and a major institution of social control.
▪ The revivals also provided for social control.
▪ There is a case for government intervention to make sure marginal social cost and marginal social benefit are equated.
▪ A few feminists are achingly aware of both their personal desires to he thin and the social cost of those desires.
▪ In the latter illustration consideration has also to be taken of social costs and benefits.
▪ As with other parental costs, parental expenditures On education arc also social costs because they absorb economic resources.
▪ These procedures are essentially intended to assess the social costs of school reorganization.
▪ Expanding output would add more to social benefit than to social cost.
▪ For these reasons, the precise extent of the social cost of monopoly remains a subject of continuing controversy.
▪ At the equilibrium quantity Q the marginal consumer benefit is P l but the marginal social cost is P 2.
▪ Complex and difficult lives are simplified into iconic statements of social deprivation.
▪ It may lead to a considerable degree of social deprivation and a miserable existence for the families involved.
▪ Strategies to promote the nation's health should acknowledge the importance of material and social deprivation more explicitly.
▪ The inclusion of measures of social deprivation is also poorly thought out.
▪ Despite many attempts to link drug use with social deprivation, the association is spurious.
▪ New York has substantially worse infant and neonatal mortality than London or Paris and some signs of worse problems of social deprivation.
▪ Many cases of mild mental handicap are thus caused by social deprivation.
▪ Grief, loneliness, poor health, financial worries, social deprivation all contribute to a feeling of acute depression.
▪ Other articles in the issue cover consumer rights, photography, and the role of non-government organisations in social development.
▪ He said an agreement had been struck whereby Freeport would provide 1 percent of annual revenues for social development programs.
▪ Reading and moral development Much of the content of social development is concerned with ethics.
▪ Similarly, development of affect plays a role in social development.
▪ It is about something infinitely subtle: moral and social development.
▪ The head then commented on his social development.
▪ Thirdly, a crucial aim of the text is to show how the relationship between cultural and economic processes influences social development.
▪ Partners might feel that personal and social development should be set out clearly among the objectives of educational programmes.
▪ Funerals are not just some grim social event for retired people.
▪ This hall caters for many sporting activities and social events.
▪ At first they just focused on the fun part, the social events.
▪ The May festival has become a major social event in the racing calendar and includes a classic trial for the Derby.
▪ An elaborate send-off for the dead was also a social event, because a lavish funeral reflected on the living.
▪ The railways allowed ordinary people to visit the seaside and the country, so that natural-history excursions became social events.
▪ Nowadays, Super Sunday has become more of a social event.
▪ From a Marxist view, a class is a social group whose members share the same relationship to the means of production.
▪ Socialization occurs, not simply in individual histories but in the continuities of social groups as well.
▪ To grasp their real magnitude these figures need to be set against the incomes of other social groups.
▪ Specifically she develops two areas, feminist theory and liberation theology, as potential candidates to regenerate the social group work movement.
▪ Speakers of different languages and cultural backgrounds, and from different social groups, vary quite significantly in their preferred language norms.
▪ In many ways, then, peasants are more likely to be exposed to socio-economic change than other social groups.
▪ Power is a relation between social groups not a possession to be worn like a garment or flaunted like an antiracist badge.
▪ This reaction was not quite the same in the two main social groups, however.
▪ Here is the rich story of the social history of one of Britain's most important sports.
▪ On the economic and social history of the period its influence was also enormous.
▪ But none of the considerations mentioned above has so far impinged upon the social history of art.
▪ It was one of those moments when we can actually see whole new groups of people just walking into social history.
▪ The little decorations of social history are thin traces laid over a surface.
▪ It is the stuff from which social history, and columns a century hence, are made.
▪ The major functions of social institutions are those which help to meet the functional prerequisites of society.
▪ There are, of course, many links and parallels between economic history and the development of the government and social institutions.
▪ It is beyond doubt that the service was meant to be a social institution with aims in addition to those of an economic nature.
▪ The social institutions of traditionalism, such as religion and ideology, can also be seen as deformed, pathological modes of communication.
▪ Like words, social institutions, customs, and beliefs all change drastically over time.
▪ The poll reveals lack of confidence in leading social institutions.
▪ In practice, functionalists appear preoccupied with discovering the positive functions, the beneficial effects of social institutions.
▪ Tradition, along with custom and social institutions, is one of the major components of non-material culture.
▪ It has also shown that they are most effective in situations of crisis because of their ability to initiate and control social interactions.
▪ Social knowledge, the form of knowledge created by humans, is constructed by children primarily out of their social interactions.
▪ The goat's movements and social interactions show a similar seasonal variation.
▪ To the extent that educational programs purport to teach social knowledge, legitimate opportunities for social interaction must be provided.
▪ But this, in turn, led to some curious social interactions.
▪ As children have different histories of general experiences, so do they have different histories of social experiences, or social interaction.
▪ Social Interaction Another factor in cognitive development is social interaction.
▪ Society and social issues crept into film as the servant of plot.
▪ But, as Townsend suggests, structured dependence is not only about macro-economic and social issues.
▪ In college I became more conscious of social issues, and that expanded at law school.
▪ Brookside, as in its earliest days, had pretensions to be at the cutting edge of a social issue.
▪ In each so-called cooperative the attention paid to social issues, work conditions, and community welfare was meeting strong opposition.
▪ Very quickly, the local Labour parties identified with the social issues of the day.
▪ With most other social issues you can disagree on how you want to do some-thing.
▪ The demand for equality and social justice - that everyone must be the same - derives from what was originally envy.
▪ Much of his commitment to social justice came late in life.
▪ Delivery on social justice now seems further away than ever.
▪ He is a reformer with an outspoken commitment to civil society, social justice, the rule of law and expanded freedom.
▪ It therefore serves the cause of social justice to take groups as well as individuals into account.
▪ But I was a greedy child who knew nothing of cliches or social justice.
▪ He promised administrative reform, social justice, and an end to corruption.
▪ Commitments to social justice were thrown out of the window in pursuit of a more polarised and unequal economic model.
▪ She's developed a steady business and a strong social life at her church.
▪ Alcohol provided a social life for Dad as well as an escape.
▪ There is a further theme to do with the collective nature of social life.
▪ There was also the busy social life of a Broadway gypsy.
▪ There is a good social life and I've met friends.
▪ She was thoroughly enjoying herself, she assured Amy, and had a very full social life.
▪ The social life of the village revolved around the club; the clubhouse was like a den.
▪ Meanwhile, though, his interests in much of his prose gravitated towards the city and the consideration of social order.
▪ Members of these groups, which are linked together in an organic whole, work cooperatively to maintain the social order.
▪ The diversity of the spirits thus directly parallels the Akawaio social order.
▪ There are people in these centers of participation in the social order.
▪ The sense of insecurity which affected the city-states of Mesopotamia led to a rudimentary interest in the history of social order.
▪ For now we can proceed in terms of dealing with a fundamental social order which can be usefully described as disorganized capitalism.
▪ It was hoped by this means to produce an acceptable social order without the overt use of force.
▪ And such explanations only contributed to the existing capitalist social order.
▪ To this principle of social policy, add a principle of government.
▪ Between their hold on giant pension funds and their private wealth, they dominate political, economic, and social policy.
▪ But in the study of social policy, the importance of individuals should not be wholly underestimated.
▪ Within social policy, however, the power of the doctors provides related examples.
▪ Unlike those stressed above, these are questions about the impact of social policy upon economic policy rather than the other way round.
▪ Nevertheless, the key decisions about resources for the social policy sector will be regarded as economic policy decisions.
▪ It was important to sketch in some of the history of developments in social policy.
▪ So they conclude with a social policy agenda.
▪ This may be a social problem or a sociological problem.
▪ Hughes writes on a number of social problem topics, but at least some of this is in response to specific invitations.
▪ We will pay special attention to the underlying social problems in high-crime areas, particularly to prevent young people drifting into crime.
▪ Scarcely a single social problem was left untouched.
▪ Students would be too busy with real life to be bothered about social problems and conditions.
▪ As regards social problems, it is always easier to talk about a fair distribution of wealth than to impose it.
▪ Bereaved men often talk about their social problems being rather more connected with their homes than outside them.
▪ The widespread collapse into an enervated self can not be attributed solely to the economic and social problems of our day.
▪ These are, however, necessary consequences of the division of labour and the consequent role of trust in social relationships.
▪ Being passive, she can never crete the paternal law that orders social relationships.
▪ How useful these data are in revealing anything new about human social relationships depends very much on how we interpret them.
▪ Civil society is constituted by the social relationships and processes outside paid employment and not immediately affected by the state.
▪ Other techniques are available for obtaining insights into people's world-view and social relationships, and some will be briefly described here.
▪ Every social relationship entails a state of indebtedness just as every state of indebtedness entails a social relationship.
▪ The social relationships engaged in by Margaret Nicholson include a wide variety of friends and the stress on family ties is missing.
▪ This means that the forces of production in a hunting economy will correspond with a particular set of social relationships.
▪ Their sense of social responsibility is to society at large.
▪ These arguments make perfect sense in a free-enterprise business with no social responsibility.
▪ However, the concept of social responsibility and service is of limited use in developing a radical social movement.
▪ There is a separation between science and ethics, between technology and social responsibility.
▪ The fourth type of press theory put forward is that of social responsibility.
▪ Perhaps most important of all, however, is Bateson's treatment of the issue of social responsibility.
▪ The first involved the social responsibility of management.
▪ To ignore those who live at home is unacceptable; it runs counter to a general sense of social responsibility.
▪ To develop imagination and learn social skills.
▪ Our students are markedly lacking in social skills, the ability to meet people and to get along with them.
▪ They see individual achievement as rewarding for men, social skills as rewarding for women.
▪ But the concern over work inhibition is not language; it is the development of social skills.
▪ It is also a major social skill.
▪ Health and safety habits must be learned as well as recreational pastimes, social skills, and establishment of interpersonal relations.
▪ Thus, social skills involve assessing the skills of the other person, a process known as mutual construing.
▪ Her strengths are impressive: her competence in the world, her highly developed social skills, her humor, her warmth.
▪ Despite these disadvantages, many older people have been able to maintain their social status by remaining active, alert and healthy.
▪ Hughes makes the discovery of social status an intriguing undertaking.
▪ There is now a social status attached to non-manual jobs, to being a two-car family and so on.
▪ It was a sign of Low Rent origins, of inferior social status, of poor taste.
▪ In social status they varied considerably.
▪ Despite the invention of Bloomsbury morality, Woolf was trapped by her lack of money, education and social status.
▪ They discriminate against you because of colour, never mind that you have the same social status.
▪ The Durava was a considerably smaller caste than the Salagama, and its social status was probably slightly lower.
▪ This social structure is itself unequal, and works to the benefit of this dominant group.
▪ Its average age will essentially depend on the ambient social structure.
▪ These fundamental economic relations shape, in addition, all other aspects of the social structure.
▪ It is not just life that breaks down, but social structures and mores, the whole container of civilization.
▪ Christine tells me how there is no distinction on the island between religious belief and social structure.
▪ Marxist analyses of the social structure suggest that the political system is dominated by representatives of the bourgeoisie, the capitalist class.
▪ The value-science integrate was socially situated in that the values were seen as specific to a given social structure.
▪ Power and influence are what social systems live on.
▪ To last for very long any social system needs to be buttressed by a powerful integrating ideology.
▪ The social system has certain basic needs which must be met if it is to survive.
▪ Robert Foley is an anthropologist at Cambridge University who has tried to piece together the history of our social system.
▪ Each state agreed to recognise and respect the other, including their respective political and social systems.
▪ There is no longer any free space where individuals might develop alternative cultural and social systems.
▪ In order to show this Marx explains the simultaneous growth of both the ideology and the social system of capitalism.
▪ A person admitted to a residential home is joining a different social system, away from the family.
▪ Conservatives are right when they argue that government social welfare activities are antithetical grafts on the root stock of capitalism.
▪ That does not mean it makes no difference to social welfare which rules we settle upon.
▪ Through her contacts with corrections and social welfare agencies, she had more than half a dozen different caseworkers.
▪ In all countries that we studied paraprofessionals constitute the bulk of the social welfare work-force.
▪ The initial concern with social welfare was further demonstrated by the provision of state-hired social workers.
▪ Spending cuts would especially affect public administration and, within the social welfare budget, the level of payments on sickness benefit.
▪ But those problems are real and the social welfare state is in retreat.
▪ Thus understanding the social world of vulnerable elderly people involves exploring the meaning of death in a personal way.
▪ Virtually all of them see their academic institutions as complex social worlds with competing pressures and multiple tasks and goals.
▪ The social world of the 1950s was profoundly different.
▪ But can the same be said about the social world?
▪ The rules of the social world are, from a hermeneutic point of view, importantly different from causal laws.
▪ When the young worker's social world was bounded by his village such considerations did not matter.
▪ Individuals and their relationship to the social world were also the prime concern of Thomas.
▪ Clowns in the social world of soccer fans, are the pathetic figures who will never make it.
Social Security
▪ an increase in spending on Social Security and Medicare
▪ Can you write your Social Security number in the box please?
▪ How'd you find it, living on Social Security?
▪ Once I've paid for my rent and food, most of my Social Security is used up.
▪ The government faces strong opposition to its proposals to cut Social Security payments.
▪ After two years of being on experimental drugs for her epilepsy, Harlan got on Medicare via Social Security disability.
▪ Decisions of tribunals may be appealed to the Social Security Commissioners on a point of law.
▪ However, I have an equally strong conviction that a balanced-budget amendment is a threat to Social Security and our economic health.
▪ Last but certainly not least, Social Security and Medicare have been very good deals for participants.
a political/social etc animal
▪ I was never a political animal.
▪ One advantage in being a social animal is that one need not discover practices for oneself.
▪ To Freud man is a social animal without being entirely a socialized animal.
▪ Unlike Wellington, Harriett was a political animal through and through, whose ambition was that her men should succeed.
social services
social/legal/political etc framework
▪ But he accepted the social framework of his day and the status and role of women within it.
▪ He tries to provide for reform within a political framework and he introduces consensus, as a social control variable.
▪ In the twelfth century the canon lawyers devised an elaborate, and comparatively humane, legal framework for poor relief.
▪ It summarises geological knowledge of metalliferous mineralisation, reviews current and past exploration, and describes its administrative and legal framework.
▪ No legal framework prevails to enable disabled people to counteract discrimination, unfair employment practices, problems of access, etc.
▪ Some relate to the present legal framework.
▪ The simplified and more rational legal framework that it introduced is unified by some powerful principles that speak to those issues.
▪ What is the point of a legal framework if companies can not get a court injunction to stop illegal strike action?
social/personal/sex etc life
▪ Full of character, Paxos has an easy social life, ideal for people on holiday by themselves.
▪ He considered her sound as a bell in most ways, apart from this mad preoccupation with Nicandra's social life.
▪ He frequently attempted to deflect criticism of his administration and personal life by characterizing such allegations as the product of white racism.
▪ He would state all these things and would add that Citizen Oswald takes no part in the social life of the shop.
▪ She didn't have many friends and not much of a social life.
▪ The next programme started - an analysis of political and social life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
▪ The social life of the island was in disarray.
▪ They are active shoppers and visibly social, using their social life to forward their careers.
the political/social landscape
▪ A minority government would represent a change in the political landscape.
▪ His words transformed the political landscape.
▪ In the name of democracy, they are transforming the political landscape to make democracy marginal.
▪ In the public sphere, women must assume sufficient power to change the cultural imagery and the political landscape.
▪ Large-scale, bureaucratic organizations are the dominant features of the political landscape.
▪ Such commentators have argued that the breakdown of morality in the 1960s has had lasting effects on the social landscape.
▪ This gap is one of the most prominent features on the political landscape at the dawn of 1996.
▪ Women, who had up to 1945 been barred from participating in elections, changed the political landscape by becoming voters.
social changes that brought women even greater freedom
▪ demands for social change
▪ Elephants are social animals.
▪ Governments have made efforts to improve women's social and economic status.
▪ Rising unemployment led to even more social problems.
▪ the struggle for social justice
▪ As yet there has been little research considering early retirement among women and its social meaning and impact.
▪ Full of character, Paxos has an easy social life, ideal for people on holiday by themselves.
▪ Here we need to rely on our social scientific knowledge about our own legal and social institutions.
▪ Not least important, marriage is a great social stabilizer of men.
▪ Our social worker came and he said Mum had told him I had a boyfriend.
▪ Subjectivity becomes contained in discourse: a solution which does not deal adequately with its complicated place in psychology and social relations.
▪ The child at the stage of concrete operations can assume the viewpoint of others and spoken language is social and communicative.
▪ True believers are adamant that without annexation there can be no financial or social equity in Tucson -- end of discussion.
▪ A synagogue canceled its ice cream social and auction sale.
▪ She looked like the kind of girl you would have met at a church social.
▪ There would be whispers at the church socials, catty remarks behind her back in the supermarket aisles.
▪ This is not to underestimate the Club's previous social calendar which for many years included successful dinner dances and club socials.
▪ We also hold socials, parties, and organise day trips, again free of charge.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species.

  5. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees.

    2. 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 like.

      Social whale (Zo["o]l.), the blackfish.

      The social evil, prostitution.

      Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly; familiar; communicative; convival; festive.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., "devoted to or relating to home life;" 1560s as "living with others," from Middle French social (14c.) and directly from Latin socialis "of companionship, of allies; united, living with others; of marriage, conjugal," from socius "companion, ally," probably originally "follower," from PIE *sokw-yo-, suffixed form of root *sekw- (1) "to follow," and thus related to sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Compare Old English secg, Old Norse seggr "companion," which seem to have been formed on the same notion). Related: Socially.\n

\nSense of "characterized by friendliness or geniality" is from 1660s. Meaning "living or liking to live with others; companionable, disposed to friendly intercourse" is from 1720s. Meaning "of or pertaining to society as a natural condition of human life" first attested 1695, in Locke. Sense of "pertaining to fashionable society" is from 1873.\n

Social climber is from 1893; social work is 1890; social worker 1886. Social drinking first attested 1807. Social studies as an inclusive term for history, geography, economics, etc., is attested from 1916. Social security "system of state support for needy citizens" is attested from 1907 (the Social Security Act was passed by U.S. Congress in 1935). Social butterfly is from 1867, in figurative reference to "flitting."\n

\nSocial contract (1763) is from translations of Rousseau. Social Darwinism attested from 1887. Social engineering attested from 1899. Social science is from 1785.\nIn late 19c. newspapers, social evil is "prostitution." Social justice is attested by 1718; social network by 1971; social networking by 1984; social media by 2008.


"friendly gathering," 1870, from social (adj.). In late 17c. it meant "a companion, associate."

  1. 1 Being extroverted or outgoing. 2 Of or relating to society. n. 1 A festive gathering to foster introductions. 2 (context Canadian Prairies English) A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married. 3 (context British colloquial English) (abbreviation of social security benefit English), the UK government department responsible for administering such welfare benefit(,) for its employees. 4 (context US colloquial English) (abbreviation of social security number English) 5 (context dated Ireland English) A dinner dance event, usually held annually by a company or sporting clu

  1. adj. 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: unsocial]

  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]


The term social refers to a characteristic of living organisms as applied to populations of humans and other animals. It always refers to the interaction of organisms with other organisms and to their collective co-existence, irrespective of whether they are aware of it or not, and irrespective of whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.

Social (disambiguation)

Social refers to the interaction of people and other organisms with each other, and to their collective co-existence.

Social may also refer to:

  • A party or other social event

Usage examples of "social".

There was a great deal of social stigma attached to being Aboriginal at our school.

In a variety of analogous forms in different countries throughout Europe, the patrimonial and absolutist state was the political form required to rule feudal social relations and relations of production.

Social Democrats have for the most part been treated by the authorities with repressive laws and abusive epithets.

An experienced social engineer is able to gain access to virtually any targeted information by using the strategies and tactics of his craft.

By limiting the accessibility of the names and telephone numbers of employees, a company makes it more difficult for the social engineer to identify targets in the company, or names of legitimate employees for use in deceiving other personnel.

In the kind of universe Herbert sees, where there are no final answers, and no absolute security, adaptability in all its forms-- from engineering improvisation to social mobility to genetic variability--is essential.

The beginning of his adolescence coincided with a period of social change.

I soaked it up like a sponge, listening eagerly to the advice of adoptive parents, their grown children, clinical psychologists, advocates, social workers, and adoption resource professionals.

Royalist critics on the Right charged that his mediating, unifying role as National Guard commander was hopelessly undercut by his advocacy of natural rights and his tolerance of popular movements that could lead only to social disintegration.

Gloucestershire Bert went northward to the British aeronautic park outside Birmingham, in the hope that he might be taken on and given food, for there the Government, or at any rate the War Office, still existed as an energetic fact, concentrated amidst collapse and social disaster upon the effort to keep the British flag still flying in the air, and trying to brisk up mayor and mayor and magistrate and magistrate in a new effort of organisation.

Around us the afterwork social scene whirled in a montage of pastel neckties and white pantyhose and perfume and cologne and cocktails, and talk of StairMasters and group therapy and recent movies.

It is easy to see that the method, while it gives unusual freshness to imaginative representation, is in essence hostile to all culture and all social form, and is psychologically akin to anarchism.

Rock music then, unlike now, was the vehicle for social protest: lyrics were analysed in meticulous detail and the release of each new album was a major event.

The children of such persons are degenerate also, and as the class is numerous and fertile there is here a social problem which is not primarily a problem in alcohol, but is accidentally connected therewith simply because the proneness to alcoholism is a symptom of the degeneracy.

The professors cultivate social and even intimate relations with the undergraduates, nor do they consider it beneath their dignity to invite them frequently to their homes, draw out their minds by discussing some important point, loan them books or periodicals, suggest subjects for essays or books, employ their service as amanuenses, and recommend them in due time for proper vacancies.