antisocial

adjective an·ti·so·cial \ ˌan-tē-ˈsō-shəl , ˌan-ˌtī- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

antisocially

play \-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of antisocial in a Sentence

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

  2. she's not antisocial, just extremely shy

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First Known Use of antisocial

1790

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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ANTISOCIAL Defined for English Language Learners

antisocial

Definition of antisocial for English Language Learners

  • : violent or harmful to people

  • : not friendly to other people


ANTISOCIAL Defined for Kids

antisocial

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

Definition of antisocial for Students

1 : violent or harmful to people
  • Crime is antisocial.
2 : unfriendly
  • She's not antisocial, just shy.

Medical Dictionary

antisocial

adjective 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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