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sociable

[soh-shuh-buh l] /ˈsoʊ ʃə bəl/
adjective
1.
inclined to associate with or be in the company of others.
2.
friendly or agreeable in company; companionable.
3.
characterized by agreeable companionship:
a sociable evening at the home of friends.
noun
4.
Chiefly Northern and Midland U.S. an informal social gathering, especially of members of a church.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin sociābilis, equivalent to sociā(re) to unite (derivative of socius partner, comrade) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
sociableness, noun
sociably, adverb
nonsociable, adjective
nonsociableness, noun
nonsociably, adverb
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Examples for sociable
  • We encourage them to be outgoing, polite and sociable.
  • Nor is hubby's going to social events alone, as long as he's sociable.
  • What makes it unusual among mammals is that it is both sociable and monogamous.
  • Now biologists are on the tail of these deep-diving, long-lived, sociable and mysterious sea creatures.
  • It can make normally sociable people reluctant to go out in public or talk on the telephone.
  • Wolves are also sociable creatures, so this sounded a likely idea.
  • Tailorbirds sew leaves together, and sociable weaverbirds collaborate on nine-foot-high multifamily dwellings.
  • It is also a means of forcing residents to become more sociable.
  • And television-watching is a more sociable activity than it may appear.
  • The resort is named for its visiting pods of sociable dolphins.
British Dictionary definitions for sociable

sociable

/ˈsəʊʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
friendly or companionable
2.
(of an occasion) providing the opportunity for friendliness and conviviality
noun
3.
(mainly US) another name for social (sense 9)
4.
a type of open carriage with two seats facing each other
Derived Forms
sociability, sociableness, noun
sociably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin sociābilis, from sociāre to unite, from socius an associate
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Word Origin and History for sociable
sociable
1553, from L. sociabilis "close, intimate," from sociare "to join, unite," from socius "companion" (see social).
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