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

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Examples of asocial in a Sentence

an asocial and grumpy artist lives alone on the top floor
Recent Examples on the Web For some of us, being asocial isn’t a huge adjustment. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Re-opening amid the coronavirus pandemic won't work unless we're all in.," 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, "‘Lives of Houses’ is a lovely book to savor while you’re stuck at home," 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, "Trump: Still an Overall Success," 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, "Kevin Williamson’s Revolt against the Hivemind," 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, "The Human Promise of the AI Revolution," 14 Sep. 2018 The raw water trend is consistent with other asocial behaviors by venture capitalists using their wealth to eschew civic responsibility and insulate themselves from social problems. Christine Manganaro, Slate Magazine, "Why the Raw Water Movement Is So Obnoxious," 5 Jan. 2018 Man’s ancestors were, for a time, dull, relatively asocial vegetarians. The Economist, "Creative sparkWhat makes humans inventive?," 11 Jan. 2018 Since then, his body of work, which offers a new understanding of asocial prisoners and life in Dachau after the camp’s April 1945 liberation, has experienced a resurgence of interest. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This Dachau Survivor’s Harrowing Art Is on Display for the First Time," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of asocial

1883, in the meaning defined above

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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, 8 July 2007 … the very individual and often asocial lives of contemporary artists … — Nancy Hynes, Prospect (London), May 2003
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, 1 Aug. 2007

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