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Definitions for sociality
ˌsoʊ ʃiˈæl ɪ tiso·cial·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. socialitynoun

    the tendency to associate with others and to form social groups

    "mammals as a class are not strong on sociality"


  1. socialitynoun

    The character of being social; social quality or disposition; sociability; social intercourse, or its enjoyment.

  2. socialitynoun

    The quality of an animal kind of being social.

  3. Etymology: From socialitas, from socialis, from socius + -alis


  1. Sociality

    Sociality is the degree to which individuals in an animal population tend to associate in social groups (gregariousness) and form cooperative societies. Sociality is a survival response to evolutionary pressures. For example, when a mother wasp stays near her larvae in the nest, parasites are less likely to eat the larvae. Biologists suspect that pressures from parasites and other predators selected this behavior in wasps of the family Vespidae. This wasp behaviour evidences the most fundamental characteristic of animal sociality: parental investment. Parental investment is any expenditure of resources (time, energy, social capital) to benefit one's offspring. Parental investment detracts from a parent's capacity to invest in future reproduction and aid to kin (including other offspring). An animal that cares for its young but shows no other sociality traits is said to be subsocial. An animal that exhibits a high degree of sociality is called a social animal. The highest degree of sociality recognized by sociobiologists is eusociality. A eusocial taxon is one that exhibits overlapping adult generations, reproductive division of labor, cooperative care of young, and—in the most refined cases—a biological caste system.


  1. sociality

    Sociality is the degree to which individuals in an animal species tend to live in cooperative societies, rather than living solitary lives. It involves behaviours such as forming groups or communities, communicating with each other, cooperating with each other, and caring for each other. Sociality is seen in many species of animals, including humans, and often involves complex behaviours and structures. It may also apply to the tendency of humans or animals to be sociable or enjoy the company of others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Socialitynoun

    the quality of being social; socialness

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. socialist, L. socialitas.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sociality in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sociality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sociality in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality.

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