[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.

Nearby words

  1. antiskating,
  2. antiskid,
  3. antislavery,
  4. antismog,
  5. antismoking,
  6. antisocial personality,
  7. antisocial personality disorder,
  8. antisocialist,
  9. antisolar,
  10. antispasmodic

Origin of antisocial

First recorded in 1790–1800; anti- + social

Related formsan·ti·so·ci·al·i·ty, nounan·ti·so·cial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for antisocial



avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general
Derived Formsantisocially, adverb

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Medicine definitions for antisocial


[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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