Meaning of social action in English:

social action


  • 1Deliberate action that results or is intended to result in a change in the institutions or conditions of social life; an instance of this.

  • 2Sociology
    Action that takes place in a social context; action involving or oriented towards one or more other individuals; an instance of this.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746), moral philosopher.