the gradual development of society and social forms, institutions, etc., usually through a series of peaceful stages.
Compare revolution (def 2).
(sociol) the process of social development from an early simple type of social organization to one that is complex and highly specialized
- Social fund
noun 1. (in Britain) a social security fund from which loans or payments may be made to people in cases of extreme need
noun, Sociology. 1. the entire inherited pattern of cultural activity present in a society.
- Social housing
noun 1. accommodation provided by the state for renting
- Social inquiry report
noun 1. (in Britain) a report on a person and his or her circumstances, which may be required by a court before sentencing and is made by a probation officer or a social worker from a local authority social services department