so·​cio·​log·​i·​cal | \ˌsō-sē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌsō-sh(ē-)ə-\
variants: or less commonly sociologic \ ˌsō-​sē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik , ˌsō-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ \

Definition of sociological 

1 : of or relating to sociology or to the methodological approach of sociology

2 : oriented or directed toward social needs and problems

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Other Words from sociological

sociologically \ ˌsō-​sē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌsō-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ \ adverb

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Adding to these theological obstacles, the last half-century has witnessed sociological and cultural trends unfavorable to the ecumenical movement. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity?," 19 June 2018 In the classroom, the students discussed the role of music in society and the design of sociological research studies. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 2018 The second is a theatrical version of Barbara Ehrenreich’s nonfiction book, Nickeled and Dimed, an undercover sociological study of living and working on the U.S. minimum wage. Nicole Sperling, HWD, "The Filmmaker Who Discovered Jennifer Lawrence Has Found a New Star in Leave No Trace," 26 June 2018 Using substantial scientific data, sociological research, and anecdotal evidence, Dusenbery sheds light on the medical gender bias: a deeply ingrained, widespread issue that prevents women from receiving adequate medical care. Nina Maclaughlin,, "Bobbie’s Meadow to open at Carle museum; local groups get NEA grants," 15 June 2018 Taking into account disparities in income and occupational opportunity, education, health care, political empowerment and other sociological factors, Japan had the worst standing among the Group of Seven major economies. Washington Post, "Dad takes Japan Inc. to court alleging paternity harassment," 6 June 2018 The bold new show about an old art form looks at its complex historical, political and sociological underpinnings. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View," 25 May 2018 The three cases within the Fringe show are based on first-person accounts, and the production takes on a sociological bent by examining the lingering effects on the eyewitnesses. Dewayne Bevil,, "Review: 'Ghosts Among Us' - Orlando Fringe 2018," 20 May 2018 The Atlantic piece takes a more sociological approach, looking at assortative mating, geographical self-sorting, and educational legacy and privilege. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Net Neutrality, Japanese Tariffs, Tencent Results: CEO Daily for May 17, 2018," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of sociological

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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so·​cio·​log·​i·​cal | \ˌsō-sē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl, ˌsō-sh(ē-)ə- \
variants: also sociologic \ -​ik \

Medical Definition of sociological 

: of or relating to sociology or to the methodological approach of sociology

Other Words from sociological

sociologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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