an·ti·so·cial | \ˌan-tē-ˈsō-shəl, ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antisocial 

1 : averse to the society of others : unsociable

2 : hostile or harmful to organized society especially : being or marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norm

3 psychology : of, relating to, or characteristic of antisocial personality disorder Although community placement before discharge reduces subsequent antisocial behavior, most have apparently required outpatient mental health services indefinitely …— Nathaniel S. Lehrman

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Other Words from antisocial

antisocially \-shə-lē \ adverb

Examples of antisocial in a Sentence

She's not being antisocial; she's just shy at parties. she's not antisocial, just extremely shy

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Much antisocial behaviour online stems from the anonymity of internet interactions – the reputational costs of being mean are much lower than offline. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "Before We All Teach Someone a Lesson," 3 Apr. 2018 The researchers aimed at the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex because dozens of small neuro-imaging studies have reported that in people deemed antisocial or aggressive or both, this region is typically smaller and less active than in other people. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Can zapping people’s brains reduce violence? Controversial study sees potential," 2 July 2018 Others said he was rarely seen at school, was secluded and somewhat antisocial., "Judge refuses to lower bail for 19-year-old accused in Dixon High School shooting," 18 May 2018 In fact, it is linked to increases in a wide variety of negative outcomes, from antisocial behaviors to mental health problems to (unsurprisingly) spanking or physical abuse. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 This young man has had no prior contacts with the courts and has been considered an affable, precocious student with no discipline or antisocial tendencies. Robert Moran,, "Police: Teen who threatened shooting at Delco high school had 1,600 rounds of ammo and a handgun," 2 Apr. 2018 The Boston Red Sox catcher needs a new game, and a second career in espionage turns out to be a perfect fit for an antisocial genius fluent in seven languages. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In ‘The Catcher Was a Spy,' Paul Rudd is baseball-playing man of secrets," 21 June 2018 At the time, Zuckerberg had a reputation as an antisocial geek whose promising young company was on the skids. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Where was Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg during Cambridge Analytica data leak?," 13 Apr. 2018 Noise is a problem largely unrelated to the moral pursuit of silence, the antisocial issue that has obsessed city dwellers for over a century. Kate Wagner, The Atlantic, "City Noise Might Be Making You Sick," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of antisocial

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of antisocial

: violent or harmful to people

: not friendly to other people


an·ti·so·cial | \ˌan-ti-ˈsō-shəl, ˌan-ˌtī-\

Kids Definition of antisocial

1 : violent or harmful to people Crime is antisocial.

2 : unfriendly She's not antisocial, just shy.


an·ti·so·cial | \-ˈsō-shəl \

Medical Definition of antisocial 

: hostile or harmful to organized society: as

a : being or marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norm

b : of, relating to, or characterized by an antisocial personality, the antisocial personality disorder, or behavior typical of either

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