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Definition of "asocial" []

  • Not social: "Bears are asocial, secretive animals” ( David Graber). (adjective)
  • Avoiding or averse to the society of others; not sociable: "It's not that you're so asocial, but a man who likes people doesn't wind up in the Antarctic” ( Saul Bellow). (adjective)
  • Unable or unwilling to conform to normal standards of social behavior; antisocial: "crime, riots, drug use and other asocial behavior” ( Derek Shearer). (adjective)
  • Inconsiderate of others; self-centered. (adjective)
  • One that exhibits behavior and characteristics deemed asocial: "the other, and usually neglected, victims . . . the asocials . . . those who violated the Nazi work ethic and social norms” ( Mary Nolan). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "asocial" in a sentence
  • "The choices in asocial violence becomes the little choices, the tactical rather than strategic choices such as the police in mumbai firing or not firing."
  • "He describes an artist's relationship to the world around him as "asocial," with no "responsibility" to society at large."
  • "Your driving fast parallel is spectacularly infelicitous, unless you are suggesting that 'mania junior is the most likely to be damaged by a form of' asocial 'behaviour, be it going to a school where teachers wear gowns, playing chicken on the M1 or driving too fast."
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