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sociology

noun so·ci·ol·o·gy \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌsō-shē-\

: the study of society, social institutions, and social relationships

Full Definition of SOCIOLOGY

1
:  the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically :  the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings
2
:  the scientific analysis of a social institution as a functioning whole and as it relates to the rest of society
3
so·ci·ol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Origin of SOCIOLOGY

French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1843

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

sociology

noun so·ci·ol·o·gy \ˌsō-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌsō-shē-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural so·ci·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of SOCIOLOGY

:  the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically :  the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings

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