social engineering

noun

Definition of social engineering

: management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society : applied social science

social engineer

noun

Recent Examples of social engineering from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'social engineering.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of social engineering

1899


SOCIAL ENGINEERING Defined for English Language Learners

social engineering

noun

Definition of social engineering for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of making laws or using other methods to influence public opinion and solve social problems or improve social conditions


Learn More about social engineering


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up social engineering? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sticky or viscid

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!