[an-tee-soh-shuhl, an-tahy-]


unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people: He's not antisocial, just shy.
antagonistic, hostile, or unfriendly toward others; menacing; threatening: an antisocial act.
opposed or detrimental to social order or the principles on which society is constituted: antisocial behavior.
Psychiatry. of or relating to a pattern of behavior in which social norms and the rights of others are persistently violated.


a person exhibiting antisocial traits.

Origin of antisocial

First recorded in 1790–1800; anti- + social
Related formsan·ti·so·ci·al·i·ty, nounan·ti·so·cial·ly, adverb

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avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general
Derived Formsantisocially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anti-social

also antisocial, 1797, from anti- + social (adj.). First-attested use is in sense of "unsociable;" meaning "hostile to social order or norms" is from 1802.

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anti-social in Medicine


[ăn′tē-sōshəl, ăn′tī-]


Behaving in a manner that violates the social or legal norms of society.
Related formsan′ti•social•ly adv.
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