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 Observations of other species have shown that sociality can increase an animal's ability to take advantage of another's hunting success. People Staff,, 22 Mar. 2022 Marmots, a genus spanning 15 species of varying sociality — including alpine marmots living in multigenerational family groups, semi-social yellow-bellied marmots and ostensibly antisocial groundhogs — were a natural subject. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 In Zuckerberg’s hands the vision of sociality, community, and experience existing on this frontier will be devastatingly limited and, like Turner’s frontier, inevitably structured by harm. Lisa Messeri, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 The social nature of animals is an extension of the sociality seen at lower rungs of the ladder, Picard said. Quanta Magazine, 6 July 2021 But much of the cooperation on Earth, much of the sociality, is driven by relatedness. Quanta Magazine, 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, 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, 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, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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