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social distance

noun, Sociology
the extent to which individuals or groups are removed from or excluded from participating in one another's lives. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Inequality divides people by increasing the social distance between groups of people, lifestyles and living standards.
  • The social distance between rich and poor may be vast, but the geographical gap is negligible.
  • Although social distance has some undesirable effects on communities, it also gives people the space they may expect or require.
  • With the physical distance of students from one another, there also comes a social distance.
  • On the other hand, a certain social distance has opened up between the people on the field and the people in the stands.
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