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

Other Words from social science

social scientist noun

Examples of social science in a Sentence

Economics is a social science.
Recent Examples on the Web Cultural humanities, interdisciplinary social science and global intellectual history are the program’s three available majors, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Lam became a co-advisor leading the Triton delegation with Bill Decker, now chair of the social science department. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2022 After graduating from high school at 17, Rosengart was accepted early decision to Tulane U., graduating with a B.A. in social science. Malina Saval, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 In her present role, Ashby works to increase investment in Duke’s humanities and social science departments. Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2022 This is, after all, how most people see themselves in modern society—as free autonomous beings rather than as laboratory rats in a series of social science experiments. Arthur Herman, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2022 Her bachelor’s degree in political science and social science is also from the University of Michigan. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 In fact, this book is essentially a celebration and review of Mr. Dunbar’s long and illustrious career in social science, with the spotlight firmly placed on his own research, while the work of others is either in the background, or absent. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 To find out, researchers from France, the USA and Japan are collaborating on a study to explore the role of AI in creativity, using a combination of machine learning and social science research. Eva Amsen, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of social science

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2022

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“Social science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20science. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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