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social distance

[ soh-shuhl dis-tuhns ]
/ 藞so蕣 蕛蓹l 藞d瑟s t蓹ns /
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noun
Sociology. the extent to which individuals or groups are removed from or excluded from participating in one another's lives.
a safe or appropriate distance or amount of space between two people or between people in a group: Security concerns demand that officers maintain a social distance from inmates.Stay at a social distance of a few feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
verb (used without object) so路cial dis路tanced, so路cial dis路tanc路ing.Also so路cial-dis路tance .
to maintain a safe or appropriate distance from other people, especially to slow the spread of a contagious illness or disease:Mom鈥檚 trying hard to social distance, though she misses her weekly Bingo game.
verb (used with object) so路cial dis路tanced, so路cial dis路tanc路ing.Also so路cial-dis路tance .
to place or keep at a safe or appropriate distance from other people: We鈥檝e been exposed to the flu, so we鈥檙e social distancing ourselves from friends and extended family.
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Origin of social distance

First recorded in 1825鈥30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2023

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