social unit

noun
a person or a group of persons, as a family, functioning as a unit in society.

Origin:
1870–75

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Example sentences
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.
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