social engineering

noun
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of social engineering

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

social engineer

noun

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First Known Use of social engineering

1899

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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


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