Par·​so·​ni·​an | \ pärˈsōnēən, pȧˈs- \

Definition of Parsonian

: of or relating to the sociological theories of Talcott Parsons

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First Known Use of Parsonian

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Parsonian

Talcott Parsons †1979 American sociologist + English -ian

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“Parsonian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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