a combining form used, with the meanings “social,” “sociological,” or “society,” in the formation of compound words: sociometry; socioeconomic.

Nearby words

  1. society verse,
  2. socinian,
  3. socinianism,
  4. socinus,
  5. socinus, faustus,
  6. socio-economic,
  7. sociobiology,
  8. sociocentric,
  9. sociocracy,
  10. sociocultural

Origin of socio-

combining form of Latin socius a fellow, companion, comrade; see -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for socio-


combining form

denoting social or societysocioeconomic; sociopolitical; sociology
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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.

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Medicine definitions for socio-




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