an·​ti·​so·​cial | \ ˌan-tē-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antisocial (audio) \

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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antisocially \ ˌan-​tē-​ˈsō-​shə-​lē , ˌan-​ˌtī-​ How to pronounce antisocially (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Paul’s Lear-like antisocial behavior slices through otherwise comic scenes, in a tense interplay of styles whose subtlety makes the gunfire look boring. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods Takes On the Black Trauma of Vietnam," 12 June 2020 On the other hand, if your pet is exhibiting confusion or antisocial behavior—sleeping in strange places, pacing at night, hiding—that may be a sign of cognitive troubles. Hannah Harper,, "How to Care for an Aging Pet," 10 June 2020 The building is so hideously antisocial that, like Boston’s brutalist concrete City Hall, the homeless camp there permanently. Myron Magnet, WSJ, "Drain the Swamp of Ugly Architecture," 6 Feb. 2020 Fermions are the antisocial members of the particle world. Quanta Magazine, "‘Milestone’ Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles," 12 May 2020 What’s more, keeping afloat and reviving Nissan and Renault naturally led to consolidation and layoffs in nations that view layoffs as an antisocial act. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn, a Victim of Old Japan," 21 Dec. 2018 Intergenerational antisocial behavior transmits most strongly from mothers to daughters. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 27 Apr. 2020 Bianca finally convinces her father to let her date but only under the condition that her antisocial sister has a date too. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "45 Best Romantic Movies to Watch on Your Next Girl's Night," 5 Mar. 2020 The geese there are more antisocial than your grandfather at a craft beer festival. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Goose Hunting Tactics for Water and Fields," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of antisocial

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Antisocial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce antisocial (audio) , 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 How to pronounce antisocial (audio) \

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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