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antisocial

[an-tee-soh-shuh l, an-tahy-]
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adjective
  1. unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people: He's not antisocial, just shy.
  2. antagonistic, hostile, or unfriendly toward others; menacing; threatening: an antisocial act.
  3. opposed or detrimental to social order or the principles on which society is constituted: antisocial behavior.
  4. Psychiatry. of or relating to a pattern of behavior in which social norms and the rights of others are persistently violated.
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noun
  1. a person exhibiting antisocial traits.
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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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1. unsociable, retiring, misanthropic. 2. disruptive; intimidating; sinister.

Antonyms

1. gregarious; genial, affable.
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-social

antisocial

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

adj.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anti-social in Medicine

antisocial

(ăn′tē-sōshəl, ăn′tī-)
adj.
  1. Behaving in a manner that violates the social or legal norms of society.
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Related formsan′ti•social•ly adv.
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