case study

noun

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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The case studies of these seven very different nations and their very different crises offer a tour of these societies, guided by an insightful 81-year-old Sherpa who combines the talents of a polymath, a fluid writer and a master storyteller. Moisés Naím, Washington Post, "Psychotherapy can solve personal problems — why not national crises?," 7 June 2019 McCoy’s—though maybe more unconventional—is just the next case study. Laken Litman, SI.com, "The Bru McCoy Transfer Saga Is Uncharted Territory in the NCAA," 7 June 2019 The more interesting case study is on the offensive side. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Some Orioles would look good in Phillies' red pinstripes | Extra Innings," 3 July 2018 The oldest case study to date is in the Barnett shale in and around Fort Worth, Texas, where modern fracking began about 20 years ago. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Fracking’s Secret Problem—Oil Wells Aren’t Producing as Much as Forecast," 2 Jan. 2019 This would require teacher-education programs to develop case studies, geared to different age groups, in which students would practice and hone moral judgment. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Kant in Kindergarten Could Ease the Civility Crisis," 28 Dec. 2018 In general, coaching is a profession that attracts men of a certain mind-set, and Brown is a textbook case study. David Murphy, Philly.com, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 The book is divided by chapter into case studies of different disasters through history — which one kept you up at night? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "The hardest part of preparing for disasters is overcoming human nature," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of case study

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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case study

noun

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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