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social distancing

[ soh-shuhl dis-tuhn-sing ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəl ˈdɪs tən sɪŋ /
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noun
the practice of maintaining a safe or appropriate physical distance from other people, or the measures taken to reduce close physical contact, especially to slow the spread of a contagious illness or disease: Health officials are recommending some kinds of social distancing, such as working from home and avoiding handshakes.
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Origin of social distancing

First recorded in 2000–05

OTHER WORDS FROM social distancing

so·cial dis·tance, so·cial-dis·tance, verb (used with or without object) so·cial dis·tanced or so·cial‐dis·tanced, so·cial dis·tanc·ing or so·cial‐dis·tanc·ing.
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