social capital

[ soh-shuh l kap-i-tl ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəl ˈkæp ɪ tl /

noun Sociology.

the interpersonal relationships, institutions, and other social assets of a society or group that can be used to gain advantage: the impact of social capital on productivity and economic well-being; the ways in which women accumulate social capital.

Nearby words

  1. social action,
  2. social and liberal democratic party,
  3. social assistance,
  4. social bee,
  5. social bookmarking,
  6. social chapter,
  7. social charter,
  8. social class,
  9. social climber,
  10. social climbing

Origin of social capital

First recorded in 1830–35

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British Dictionary definitions for social capital

social capital

noun

the network of social connections that exist between people, and their shared values and norms of behaviour, which enable and encourage mutually advantageous social cooperation
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