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social unit

a person or a group of persons, as a family, functioning as a unit in society.
Origin of social unit
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As a social unit, honey bees show remarkable adaptation to colony stressors under adverse conditions.
  • Leadership is also a structure that establishes roles or influences the behavior of other persons in a social unit.
  • The family was seen as the major social unit and survival weapon against a hostile world.
  • The family as a social unit depends upon a range of supports to meet basic needs.
  • Otters travel together and operate as a social unit but do not cooperate in hunting or share what is caught.
  • The team intervention is based on social-learning theory, with all members of the social unit simultaneously participating.

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