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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Other Words from social science

social scientist noun

Examples of social science in a Sentence

Economics is a social science.

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Maximilian Auffhammer is a professor in sustainable development and associate dean of social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Maximilian Auffhammer, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Install more parking — not just solar panels — at commuter rail stations," 13 June 2019 Researchers from mathematics, physics, economics, biology and the social sciences have all seen the telltale signs of scale-free networks in their disparate fields. Quanta Magazine, "How Network Math Can Help You Make Friends," 20 Aug. 2018 The journal The Public Interest, where Glazer was co-editor, was the premier forum for social science skeptical of the ascendant liberal perspective. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Nathan Glazer and Conservatism," 22 Jan. 2019 For example, the bottom quartile of architecture and engineering majors earn far less than the top quartile of humanities and social science majors. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Some 43% of College Grads Are Underemployed in First Job," 26 Oct. 2018 But correlation does not imply causation, as every social science student knows. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s paradox: Progressive politics but regressive tax system," 23 Oct. 2018 There are a lot of powerful explanations in history and social sciences that don’t involve narrative. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How History Gets Things Wrong," 5 Oct. 2018 Graff and fellow co-leader Eva de la Riva — Oakton professor of psychology and co-chair of the behavioral and social sciences department — gave a presentation to trustees about the program during the Board of Trustees meeting. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Students praise Oakton college retention program, faculty want more support for it," 23 Apr. 2018 Historically, tagged content has also been over-emphasized by social science researchers for many of the same reasons. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters on Social Media," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of social science

circa 1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of social science was circa 1770

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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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