[ey-soh-shuh l]


not sociable or gregarious; withdrawn from society.
indifferent to or averse to conforming to conventional standards of behavior.
inconsiderate of others; selfish; egocentric.

Origin of asocial

First recorded in 1880–85; a-6 + social Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for asocial

Contemporary Examples of asocial

  • “The asocial aspect of it is really appealing,” Soderbergh went on to say of his new career choice.

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    Soderbergh's Swansong

    Nicole LaPorte

    September 14, 2009

Historical Examples of asocial

British Dictionary definitions for asocial



avoiding contact; not gregarious
unconcerned about the welfare of others
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

asocial in Medicine




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