social science

noun

Definition of social science 

1 : a branch of science that deals with the institutions and functioning of human society and with the interpersonal relationships of individuals as members of society

2 : a science (such as economics or political science) dealing with a particular phase or aspect of human society

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social scientist noun

Examples of social science in a Sentence

Economics is a social science.

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When all is said and done, Golden West will boast a new math and science building, a language arts complex, a cosmetology building and a business, social sciences and administrative office facility, said college spokesman Chris McLaughlin. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Golden West College construction projects aim to build a future of ‘innovation and invention’," 4 July 2018 In its statement, MIT said professor Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT’s school of humanities arts and social sciences, and professor Edward Schiappa, section head for comparative media studies/writing, were involved in the investigation. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Junot Diaz is cleared in MIT investigation," 18 June 2018 These investigations prompted members of Congress to request an audit of the hurricane deaths and led social science researchers to take a closer look at the data. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "A judge just ordered Puerto Rico to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria," 5 June 2018 Elizabeth Gillespie McRae is an associate professor of history and director of graduate social science education programs at Western Carolina University. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 According to federal records, ONA has paid Halper more than $1 million for research and development in the social sciences and humanities. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "After day of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans will be briefed on secret FBI source who aided Russia probe," 24 May 2018 According to federal records, ONA has paid Halper more than $1 million for research and development in the social sciences and humanities. BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats and Republicans briefed on FBI source who aided Russia probe," 24 May 2018 According to federal records, ONA has paid Halper more than $1 million for research and development in the social sciences and humanities. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "After Texas school shooting, Steve Scalise says removing prayer 'one of the problems': report," 22 May 2018 According to federal records, ONA has paid Halper more than $1 million for research and development in the social sciences and humanities. Robert Costa, chicagotribune.com, "Who is Stefan A. Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia investigation?," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of social science

circa 1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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social science

noun

English Language Learners Definition of social science

: the study of human society

: a particular area of study that relates to human behavior and society

social science

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Medical Definition of social science 

1 : a branch of science that deals with the institutions and functioning of human society and with the interpersonal relationships of individuals as members of society

2 : a science (as anthropology or social psychology) dealing with a particular phase or aspect of human society

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