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[ey-soh-shuh l]
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  1. not sociable or gregarious; withdrawn from society.
  2. indifferent to or averse to conforming to conventional standards of behavior.
  3. inconsiderate of others; selfish; egocentric.
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Origin of asocial

First recorded in 1880–85; a-6 + social
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British Dictionary definitions for asocial


  1. avoiding contact; not gregarious
  2. unconcerned about the welfare of others
  3. hostile to society or social practices
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Word Origin and History for asocial


1883, "antagonistic to society or social order," from a- "not" + social (adj.); also cf. antisocial.

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asocial in Medicine


  1. Avoiding or averse to the society of others; not sociable.
  2. Unable or unwilling to conform to normal standards of social behavior; antisocial.
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