case study


Definition of case study 

1 : an intensive analysis of an individual unit (such as a person or community) stressing developmental factors in relation to environment

Examples of case study in a Sentence

a case study of prisoners The company's recent history is a case study in bad management.

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These Stanley Cup finals represent a unique case study, a nexus of hometown rooting interests and legal sports wagering. Author: Rick Maese, Anchorage Daily News, "The house doesn’t always win: Las Vegas may lose millions on the home team," 30 May 2018 The group recommended a case study be conducted in municipal court, and noted The Sixth Amendment Center has indicated interest in performing the study, contingent on funding. Heather Nolan,, "Defendants often plead guilty without attorneys present: Court Watch," 22 May 2018 The long-term health impacts of e-cigarettes are still unknown and a recent case study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests there’s a lot to learn. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained," 18 May 2018 The study, which contains six in-depth cases studies of some of the country’s largest mass transit systems, paints a compelling picture of transit in need of a true infrastructure week. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "U.S. public transit’s precarious state could cost country billions," 17 May 2018 One of American drama's most intriguing case studies, Hickey is the hardware salesman who returns to his old tawdry haunt not on one of his periodic benders but on a mission to reform the resident inebriates of their belief in a better tomorrow. Charles Mcnulty,, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018 The case, Chris Daniel v. Chuggie’s Sports Bar, is a first-year law school case study that Glenbrook North High School students presented Tuesday as the final for their business law class, said teacher Kimberly Karzen. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Cook County judge presides over Glenbrook North student mock trial," 1 May 2018 The same report noted several case studies, including one from 1989 in Nassau County, Florida. William Thornton,, "Matt Akin to become Gulf Shores School Superintendent," 29 Apr. 2018 Surprising suggestions As part of the case study, Mike Burkey, the fictional father, was an electrician making $75,000. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Save the family RV by cutting elsewhere? Maybe, if kids get their way," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of case study

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of case study

: a published report about a person, group, or situation that has been studied over time; also : a situation in real life that can be looked at or studied to learn about something

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