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antisocial

[an-tee-soh-shuh l, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈsoʊ ʃəl, ˌæn taɪ-/
adjective
1.
unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people:
He's not antisocial, just shy.
2.
antagonistic, hostile, or unfriendly toward others; menacing; threatening:
an antisocial act.
3.
opposed or detrimental to social order or the principles on which society is constituted:
antisocial behavior.
4.
Psychiatry. of or pertaining to a pattern of behavior in which social norms and the rights of others are persistently violated.
noun
5.
a person exhibiting antisocial traits.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; anti- + social
Related forms
antisociality, noun
antisocially, adverb
Synonyms
1. unsociable, retiring, misanthropic. 2. disruptive; intimidating; sinister.
Antonyms
1. gregarious; genial, affable.
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Examples from the web for antisocial
  • Children with conduct disorder may go on to develop personality disorders as adults, particularly antisocial personality disorder.
  • The groups were tested for antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, and aggression.
  • antisocial or criminal behavior may stem from damage to the part of the brain that governs moral reasoning.
  • Not everyone who heads for the wilderness is antisocial.
  • If you think about computer programming, it's as antisocial as it gets.
  • He felt that imprisonment without such treatment was virtually useless in curbing antisocial behavior.
  • There is more than one way to turn an antisocial particle into one that hangs out with the crowd.
  • But the dancers grew increasingly nasty and antisocial.
British Dictionary definitions for antisocial

antisocial

/ˌæntɪˈsəʊʃəl/
adjective
1.
avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
2.
contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general
Derived Forms
antisocially, adverb
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antisocial in Medicine

antisocial an·ti·so·cial (ān'tē-sō'shəl, ān'tī-)
adj.
Behaving in a manner that violates the social or legal norms of society.


an'ti·so'cial·ly adv.
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