so·​cia·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌsō-shə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural sociabilities

Definition of sociability 

: the quality or state of being sociable also : the act or an instance of being sociable

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sociability


conviviality, gregariousness


unsociability, unsociableness

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Examples of sociability in a Sentence

her sociability was called into question when she said she hated parties

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In a crisis, endless good cheer can make employees cringe, and as sociability loses its contagiousness, fun bosses have to pivot. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Two Contagious Behaviors of a Great Boss," 22 Sep. 2018 And a person’s implicit self-image is often quite predictive of his or her actual behavior, especially when nervousness or sociability is involved. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 What’s more, at most departments — including Decatur’s — canines are selected for their sociability and live as family pets with their handlers after their service, according to Getz and other experts. Elyssa Cherney,, "Experts dismiss central Illinois cop's claim that legalizing pot would lead to euthanizing drug-sniffing dogs," 9 May 2018 According to the study, pedestrian safety, sociability, functionality and maintenance were all solved better by a bridge. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Peachtree Corners bridge over Peachtree Parkway seems likely," 31 May 2018 Since then, numerous variants have been devised to examine anxiety, impulsiveness and sociability, among other features. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 Authenticity and consistency aren’t necessarily valued for their own sake, and the concealment of authentic honne behind conventional tatemae is often construed as an act of unselfishness and sociability, rather than of deception or hypocrisy. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 Why sociability might help block inflammation remains unclear. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.," 16 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Goodall camped for months in the jungles of Tanzania to bring back reports of the intelligence and sociability of chimpanzees, which upended the scientific establishment’s assumption of human supremacy. Joanna Scutts,, "'Visionary Women' by Joanna Scutts: Four women who changed the world," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sociability

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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