social science

noun
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

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

social scientist

noun

Examples of social science in a Sentence

  1. Economics is a social science.

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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 Defined for English Language Learners

social science

Definition of social science for English Language Learners

  • : the study of human society

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


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social science

noun

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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