social distance

[ soh-shuhl dis-tuhns ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəl ˈdɪs təns /

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·cial dis·tanced, so·cial dis·tanc·ing.Also so·cial-dis·tance .

to maintain a safe or appropriate distance from other people, especially to slow the spread of a contagious illness or disease:Mom’s trying hard to social distance, though she misses her weekly Bingo game.

verb (used with object) so·cial dis·tanced, so·cial dis·tanc·ing.Also so·cial-dis·tance .

to place or keep at a safe or appropriate distance from other people: We’ve been exposed to the flu, so we’re social distancing ourselves from friends and extended family.

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Origin of social distance

First recorded in 1825–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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