so·​cial·​ly | \ˈsō-sh(ə-)lē \

Definition of socially 

1 : in a social manner

2 : with respect to society

3 : by or through society

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The concept of a universal basic income, or UBI, has become part of the moral armor of Silicon Valley moguls who want a socially conscious defense against the charge that technology is making humanity obsolete. Edward Glaeser, WSJ, "‘Give People Money’ and ‘The War on Normal People’ Review: The Cure for Poverty?," 9 July 2018 What had seemed like a socially conscious move was looking more and more to him like exploitation. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 Born Ukeleke Elumelu Onwubuya, Ras Kimono, alongside his Massive Dread Band, won several awards and was prominent in the Nigerian music scene for his socially-conscious lyrics. Damilola Odutayo, CNN, "'We'll miss you greatly,' Nigerians mourn reggae star Ras Kimono," 11 June 2018 Another new Netflix addition, Finding Dory is basically the perfect movie for the socially-conscious, do-good Virgo. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "What Movies to Watch on Netflix, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 24 May 2018 Since the election, socially conscious black artists have maintained verve by, in part, pointedly ignoring Trump. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018 Smoking cigarettes hasn’t been legal or socially acceptable in most spaces for a while now, and that fact has placed the ashtray, once a staple of many a tablescape, into a state of near-extinction., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 The son of a Sacramento lawyer and lobbyist, Justice Kennedy grew up in a family that was politically and socially active. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Justice Anthony Kennedy Defined His Career at Center of Biggest Decisions," 27 June 2018 While social activism has been around for generations (moving its platform from the streets in earlier days to social media in recent years), there is now a new player at the table that until recently, had never had a voice: the socially active CEO. Kathy Bloomgarden, Fortune, "4 Rules Every Activist CEO Should Follow," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of socially

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to express warning or disapproval

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