so·​cial·​ly | \ ˈsō-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce socially (audio) \

Definition of socially

1 : in a social manner
2 : with respect to society
3 : by or through society

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Meanwhile, some of Gen. Prayuth’s opponents are proposing socially liberal policies of their own, notably an end to military conscription. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai Junta Lite: Election Season Brings Push for Medical Pot, Same-Sex Unions," 12 Dec. 2018 But there’s also that race for governor of Illinois, between socially liberal Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Boss Madigan’s favorite billionaire, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, the plumber’s helper. John Kass,, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 Nationalist and anti-immigrant parties in Europe’s more socially liberal countries are trying to shed their old reputation for gay-bashing. The Economist, "Europe’s anti-immigrant parties are becoming more gay-friendly," 5 July 2018 Picking a reliable conservative to replace Kennedy, a conservative with some socially liberal inclinations, will change the court for the first time since the replacement of Sandra Day O’Connor by Samuel Alito. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Can Democrats get their base excited about a court fight?," 30 June 2018 But for all his headline-grabbing innovations, Schultz cuts a familiar profile in Democratic politics by combining socially liberal policies with a conservative economic bent. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Howard Schultz’s Third Way," 6 June 2018 Dominating someone While not as socially sanctioned for women as submissiveness, fantasies of being in control in the bedroom are super fun and quite common, with 47 percent of women admitting to having had this fantasy. Kate Sloan, Glamour, "25 Sex Fantasies Women Have That Are Totally Normal," 6 Apr. 2019 In an industry that is losing ground to tech-forward toys, Barbie reported 12 percent growth in gross sales in the last quarter of 2018, a rise attributed in part to a more diverse array of dolls that resonate better with socially conscious parents. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 Daniel Noel, who worked with Santa Perez for two years at a company that made oil shafts, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Santa Perez occasionally bought him lunch and that despite being a little socially awkward, never showed signs of anger. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Cincinnati shooter had troubled past, including arrests and 'rambling' lawsuits against MSNBC: reports," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of socially

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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