so·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsō-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce sociality (audio) \
plural socialities

Definition of sociality

b : an instance of social intercourse or sociability
2 : the tendency to associate in or form social groups

Examples of sociality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But much of the cooperation on Earth, much of the sociality, is driven by relatedness. Quanta Magazine, "Why Extraterrestrial Life May Not Seem Entirely Alien," 18 Mar. 2021 Each chapter examines a different aspect of animal behavior on Earth that, according to the author, would likely be replicated on other planets: sociality, cooperation, communication, intelligence, language and so forth. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Review: Critters of the Cosmos," 17 Mar. 2021 As reported in Current Biology, this finding suggests that sociality could involve a molecular mechanism rather than being rooted in specific vertebrate brain regions. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "An Octopus Could Be the Next Model Organism," 24 Feb. 2021 McQueen would seem to understand this acutely, lacing his scenes of Black sociality with both the high of rule-breaking and a somber recognition of what the consequences will be. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Steve McQueen and the Art of Gathering," 16 Dec. 2020 Chipmunk-like animals that lived among the dinos appear to have been social creatures, which suggests that sociality arose in mammals earlier than scientists thought. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, "Early Mammals Had Social Lives, Too," 18 Nov. 2020 Part of the book’s argument is that Black women originated a set of social arrangements that were once considered deviant and are now commonplace: expansive notions of family, generous intimacy and sociality, fluid romantic relationships. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life," 19 Oct. 2020 But the sociality of cows doesn’t seem to have eroded. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Herd community: There’s more to cows than we thought, say scientists," 18 Aug. 2020 Under conditions of obligatory isolation and social distancing, common people invented new kinds of sociality and new genres of epidemic expressions. Belinda Kong, The Conversation, "How Chinese people came together when separated by quarantine, creating hope, humor and art," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sociality

circa 1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Sociality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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