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social +‎ -ity, from Latin sociālitās (fellowship, sociality), from sociālis (social), from socius (companion, ally) + -ālis


sociality (countable and uncountable, plural socialities)

  1. The character of being social; sociability
    • 1859, John Stuart Mill, On Liberty:
      Unless opinions favorable to democracy and to aristocracy, to property and to equality, to co-operation and to competition, to luxury and to abstinence, to sociality and individuality, to liberty and discipline, and all the other standing antagonisms of practical life, are expressed with equal freedom, and enforced and defended with equal talent and energy, there is no chance of both elements obtaining their due; one scale is sure to go up, and the other down.
  2. The quality of an animal kind of being social.
    • 1911, “Ethics”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      That the divine will is expressed by it, Cumberland, “not being so fortunate as to possess innate ideas,” tries to prove by a long inductive examination of the evidences of man's essential sociality exhibited in his physical and mental constitution.

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