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 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 That suggests that the genetics of sociality in Dicty is complex. Quanta Magazine, "The Woman Who Stared at Wasps," 5 Nov. 2015 The visual clichés of damnation and salvation: the black-and-tan dive, the sociality of neighbors across the color line, hanging out on the stoop, marrying outside the race, or the model tenement occupied by a monochromatic family of the same race. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 This parceling of jobs is the defining feature of the most extreme form of social society, called eusociality or true sociality. Quanta Magazine, "In Bees, a Hunt for Roots of Social Behavior," 6 May 2014 Feasting is a key component of this kind of sociality and cooperation. Charles Stanish, Smithsonian, "How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilization," 5 July 2018 The second continent is relationships, from the intimacies of love to sociality more broadly. Tim Lomas,, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 One of the most interesting things is the finding that the vasopressin in the CSF correlates with sociality in the macaques and in autism with children. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In monkeys, researchers find possible biological marker of autism," 2 May 2018 O'Higgins is also interested in studying the origins of sociality by studying muscular anatomy and function in apes and humans. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This could be why our eyebrows evolved," 9 Apr. 2018

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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 29 Mar. 2020.

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