- a combining form used, with the meanings “social,” “sociological,” or “society,” in the formation of compound words: sociometry; socioeconomic.
Origin of socio-
combining form of Latin socius a fellow, companion, comrade; see -o-
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- denoting social or societysocioeconomic; sociopolitical; sociology
Word Origin and History for socio-
word-forming element meaning "social, of society; social and," also "having to do with sociology," from combining form of Latin socius "companion, ally, associate, fellow, sharer" (see social (adj.)). Common in compounds since c.1880.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper