sociability

noun
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 The pandemic has stripped comfortable people of routine, sociability, status, and distraction. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, "You Must Change Your Life," 27 Apr. 2021 The term neurodiversity was coined in the late '90s and refers to variations in the human brain that are directly related to sociability, learning, attention, mood and more. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "Airbnb Introduces New Virtual Experiences for Neurodiverse Guests," 28 Mar. 2021 Early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control and sociability. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School Board candidate Q&As: Does Anchorage need better preschool options?," 14 Mar. 2021 Rejecting this calculating egoism, but unable to accept traditional accounts of innate ethical knowledge, Shaftesbury attributed human kindness and sociability to sentiment. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘The Enlightenment’ Review: Daring to Feel," 12 Mar. 2021 There’s no reason students should have to choose between sociability and clatter, not to mention daylight over denim ads, even when their teachers command a space where Ann Taylor and Auntie Anne once reigned supreme. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Going to School in a Dead Mall? Not Such a Bad Idea.," 4 Mar. 2021 An atmospheric shift toward sociability could roll in like a wave on the beach. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 11, 2020: Virgo, don’t overthink it; Aquarius, people don’t need to know your business," 11 Dec. 2020 Etymologically, the term conjures trust; extending trust to others is the basis of sociability. Astra Taylor, The New Yorker, "How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt," 23 Nov. 2020 Instead, the appeal of Among Us lies in its sociability. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "How an obscure 2018 computer game became a global phenomenon overnight," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sociability

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Sociability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sociability. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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