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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Smaller buildings will be demolished to make room for a multi-use facility for business, social sciences and administrative offices. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Golden West College construction projects aim to build a future of ‘innovation and invention’," 4 July 2018 Other social science research has found that voters struggle to attribute policy outcomes to the political actors who were actually responsible. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 The op-ed cited social science that shows the perpetuation of American Indian stereotypes causes deep psychological consequences affecting the physical and emotional well-being of people, especially children. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "How long is 'NEVER'? NFL team owner Dan Snyder at five years and counting," 9 May 2018 University of Alabama's Jason Senkbeil studies the intersection of meteorology and social science and is working on two different new hurricane scales using letters to describe danger or potential damage. Fox News, "Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain," 18 Sep. 2018 University of Alabama’s Jason Senkbeil studies the intersection of meteorology and social science and is working on two different new hurricane scales using letters to describe danger or potential damage. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain," 18 Sep. 2018 One of the biggest factors was personal: having no desire for children and wanting more leisure time, a pattern that has also shown up in social science research. New York Times, "Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.," 5 July 2018 Katharina is studying social science at Amsterdam University College, according to the outlet. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Meet The World's Youngest Billionaire," 2 Mar. 2016 Peter Glick, a social sciences professor at Lawrence University, told Racked. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Student Debt, Miss America, and Remembering Kate Spade: Broadsheet for June 6th," 6 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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