aso·​cial | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce asocial (audio) \

Definition of asocial

: not social: such as
a : rejecting or lacking the capacity for social interaction

Examples of asocial in a Sentence

an asocial and grumpy artist lives alone on the top floor
Recent Examples on the Web There seems to me to be a value in keeping our dreams private and asocial, particularly in a world where social technologies burrow ever deeper into our conscious lives. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 The third key message concludes leaders should be cautious about the negative impacts of power imbalance, leading to asocial interests and selfish actions, which weaken the effect of technological similarity on post-acquisition innovation. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Cézanne was personally shy, to the point of being asocial. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 For some of us, being asocial isn’t a huge adjustment. Paul Daugherty,, 19 Apr. 2020 Marechera wrote much of the book while living in a tent in a meadow near Oxford, from which he had been expelled for violent and asocial behavior. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2020 If the American trend is positive in the last half of April, the president will be able to shift from being the custodian of an asocial America to the bell-ringer calling the country cautiously back to work. Conrad Black, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020 These asocial impulses are native to any group dynamic, but the conduct nurtured by social media — Twitter, in particular — verges on sociopathy. Noah Rothman, National Review, 25 July 2019 Jobs that are asocial and repetitive, such as fast-food preparers or insurance adjusters, are likely to be taken over in their entirety. Kai-fu Lee, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of asocial

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Asocial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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aso·​cial | \ (ˈ)ā-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce asocial (audio) \

Medical Definition of asocial

: not social: as
a : not involving or taking part in social interaction with others Swimming is, by nature, asocial … the human community is peripheral.— Akiko Busch, The New York Times … the very individual and often asocial lives of contemporary artists … — Nancy Hynes, Prospect (London)
b : hostile or harmful to organized society : antisocial The family dynamics of kids who bounce from one home environment to the next could result in behavioral patterns that can lead to asocial activities that include violence, petty crime or drug abuse …— James Edward Mills, The Wisconsin State Journal

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