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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Examples of sociability in a Sentence

her sociability was called into question when she said she hated parties
Recent Examples on the Web Els is one of the more genial players in professional golf, and in the year-and-a-half leading up to the competition, his sociability has rubbed off on his players. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Chasing for Years, Ernie Els Has Tiger Woods Right Where He Wants Him," 13 Dec. 2019 This flood of serotonin produces feelings of euphoria and sociability. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Rolling under the Sea: Scientists Gave Octopuses Ecstasy to Study Social Behavior," 1 Dec. 2018 Drinking is often valued for its relaxing effect and for promoting sociability. Daryl Davies, Joshua Silva And Terry David Church, CNN, "Hangovers: Why you get them and how to fight them off," 27 Dec. 2019 The drug’s capacity to enhance sociability has also led to studies investigating its benefits for other conditions, such as social anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "MDMA Could Be Tailored to Make It More Suitable for Treating Mental Illness," 11 Dec. 2019 And recent trends in office design are meant to encourage more sociability, with open floor plans and common areas that feel more like comfortable living rooms than sterile workspaces. Brianna Holt, Quartz at Work, "Can friendships between men and women at work promote gender equality?," 25 Nov. 2019 The American front porch has long been a symbol of relaxation, sociability and watching the world go by. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Police arrest man for 9 incidents of taking packages from porches," 20 Oct. 2019 Ingress players stress both the sociability and active lifestyle of the game. David Kushner, Outside Online, "Can Video Games Replace the Outdoors?," 8 Oct. 2019 Her career was supported, in part, by a public persona of sociability and Irish romance. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Edna O’Brien Is Still Writing About Women on the Run," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sociability

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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