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social unit

a person or a group of persons, as a family, functioning as a unit in society.
Origin of social unit
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In the Far East the social unit, the ultimate molecule of existence, is not the individual, but the family.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • The family was not only the social unit, but also the unit of government.

    The Soul of the Indian [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • The family is no longer the social unit of the city as it is in the country.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
  • The school or the schoolroom should constitute a social unit.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
  • The individual and not the family is the social unit; the rights of individuals are foremost.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • This feeling took a striking form because the family was a social unit occupying to a great extent the place of the state.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • In some degree social relations should be considered, so that each class may be as far as practicable a social unit.

  • The social unit appears to be the family and the power of the headman is very limited.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • The village is the social unit within which there are no clans, no political, or other divisions.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • Every monastic house may be considered from two points of view, as a religious and as a social unit.

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