so·​cia·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌsō-shə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce sociability (audio) \
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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The antidote to our excessively individualistic times is sociability. Steven Poole, WSJ, "‘Team Human’ Review: Users of the World, Unite!," 25 Jan. 2019 The jobs that will be safe, at least for now, are those well beyond the reach of AI’s capabilities in terms of creativity, strategy and sociability, from social workers to CEOs. Kai-fu Lee, WSJ, "The Human Promise of the AI Revolution," 14 Sep. 2018 Metrics of likability and sociability for presidential aspirants, on the other hand, appear to be here to stay. Julia Azari, Vox, "Death of a statesman: George H.W. Bush’s legacy," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of sociability

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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