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social system

Definitions of social system
  1. noun
    the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
    synonyms: social organisation, social organization, social structure, structure
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    feudal system, feudalism
    the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
    patriarchate, patriarchy
    a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
    matriarchate, matriarchy
    a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
    meritocracy
    a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
    pluralism
    a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated
    class structure
    the organization of classes within a society
    segregation, separatism
    a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
    caste system
    a social structure in which classes are determined by heredity
    racial segregation
    segregation by race
    de facto segregation
    segregation (especially in schools) that happens in fact although not required by law
    de jure segregation
    segregation that is imposed by law
    purdah, sex segregation
    the traditional Hindu or Muslim system of keeping women secluded
    white separatism
    a social system in which white people live separately from members of other races
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    scheme, system
    a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
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