sociable, social
These two words relate to different meanings of society, and should not normally get in each other's way. Social is a classifying word that relates to society in the broad sense of the relation of human beings to one another (Man is a social animal / a social occasion). A social worker is one who deals with those in society who need help, and social security is financial assistance given to them. Sociable is a judgemental word relating to the quality of human relations (corresponding to society in the sense ‘companionship, good company’). A sociable person is one who is friendly and able to deal well with social occasions, and a sociable evening is one marked by friendliness and good humour.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • sociable — [ sɔsjabl ] adj. • 1540; « uni, lié » 1342; lat. sociabilis, de sociare « associer » 1 ♦ Didact. Capable de vivre en association permanente et paisible avec ses semblables. ⇒ social. L homme est un animal sociable. Insectes sociables. 2 ♦ (1635)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Sociable — So cia*ble, a.[F., fr. L. sociabilis, fr. sociare to associate, fr. socius a companion. See {Social}.] 1. Capable of being, or fit to be, united in one body or company; associable. [R.] [1913 Webster] They are sociable parts united into one body …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sociable — SOCIABLE. adj. de t. g. Qui est naturellement capable de compagnie, qui est né pour vivre en compagnie. L homme est un animal sociable; est sociable. Il signifie aussi, Qui aime la compagnie, avec qui il est aisé de vivre, qui est d un bon… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Sociable — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sociable — adjetivo 1. Que tiende a vivir en sociedad por naturaleza: El hombre es sociable por naturaleza. 2. Que es amable y disfruta relacionándose con los demás: Javier es muy sociable y tiene un montón de amigos. Antónimo: insociable. 3. [ …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Sociable — So cia*ble, n. 1. A gathering of people for social purposes; an informal party or reception; as, a church sociable. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] 2. A carriage having two double seats facing each other, and a box for the driver. Miss Edgeworth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sociable — [sō′shə bəl] adj. [Fr < L sociabilis < sociare, to associate < socius: see SOCIAL] 1. enjoying or requiring the company of others; gregarious 2. friendly or agreeable; affable 3. characterized by pleasant, informal conversation and… …   English World dictionary

  • sociable — index amicable, harmonious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sociable — 1550s, from L. sociabilis close, intimate, from sociare to join, unite, from socius companion (see SOCIAL (Cf. social)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sociable — *gracious, cordial, affable, genial Analogous words: *social, companionable, convivial, gregarious: intimate, *familiar, close: *amiable, obliging, complaisant, good natured Antonyms: unsociable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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