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criminology

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noun crim·i·nol·o·gy \ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of criminology

  • : the study of crime, criminals, and the punishment of criminals

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of criminology

  1. :  the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment

criminological play \-mə-nəl-ˈä-ji-kəl\ adjective
criminologically play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
criminologist play \ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of criminology

Italian criminologia, from Latin crimin-, crimen + Italian -o- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1872


Medical Dictionary

criminology

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noun crim·i·nol·o·gy \ˌkrim-ə-ˈnäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of criminology

plural criminologies

  1. :  the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment

criminological \-ən-əl-ˈäj-i-kəl\play adjective
criminologically \-k(ə-)lē\play adverb
criminologist \ˌkrim-ə-ˈnäl-ə-jəst\play noun



Law Dictionary

criminology

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noun crim·i·nol·o·gy \ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē\

Legal Definition of criminology

  1. :  the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment

criminological \ˌkri-mə-nə-ˈlä-jə-kəl\ play adjective
criminologically adverb
criminologist \ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jist\ play noun



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