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[soh-shuh-lis-tik] /ˌsoʊ ʃəˈlɪs tɪk/
of or relating to socialists or socialism.
in accordance with socialism.
advocating or supporting socialism.
Origin of socialistic
1840-50; social(ism) + -istic
Related forms
socialistically, adverb
nonsocialistic, adjective
pseudosocialistic, adjective
quasi-socialistic, adjective
quasi-socialistically, adverb
semisocialistic, adjective
semisocialistically, adverb
unsocialistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for socialistic
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  • He often bantered her concerning her “socialistic views,” and she in turn would declare that he would some day see the light.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • With all this socialistic molly-coddling, you're losing sight of the individual.

  • It appealed to young idealists as the federation of the world or a socialistic commonwealth appeals to-day.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Conservatives were prone to call it socialistic or revolutionary.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • A friend of Raynal, he wrote a socialistic romance in 12 books in the style of Telemachus, called Télèphe, 1784.

British Dictionary definitions for socialistic


resembling or sympathizing with socialism
Derived Forms
socialistically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for socialistic

1848, from socialist + -ic. Related: Socialistically.

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