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

Other Words from sociological

sociologically \ ˌsō-​sē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sociological (audio) , ˌsō-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ \ adverb

Examples of sociological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tocqueville moved thinking about democracy from political to sociological ground. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The idea is based on contact theory, a sociological concept that person-to-person contact can help reduce friction. Byadisa Hargett-robinson, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Here, though, collaborating with Melissa James Gibson, his eye for sociological detail feels less practiced, as if crossing the Atlantic gave him indulgence to be a bit loose and lazy in his world-building. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 The Hood, the show delivered classic gangster flick-level quality every week, bringing the uncompromising gruesomeness and sociological commentary on drug dealing and addiction of the best from the genre. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 8 Apr. 2022 For instance, French sociologist Émile Durkheim used official death statistics in his classic sociological work on suicide in 1897. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 4 Apr. 2022 Over the past few days, the media has been abuzz with frank discussions of misogynoir, violence, violence in the context of race, and all other sociological nuances that The Slap has stirred up. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 For Black sitcoms, the stakes for sociological insight were higher, as the notion of the Black family unit was—and is—somewhat contested. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 After the war, Whyte brought his reportorial skills to Fortune, a publication whose generous budgets, sociological bent, in-depth research and powerful connections nurtured a generation of public intellectuals. Virginia Postrel, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sociological

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sociological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

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 How to pronounce sociological (audio) \ adverb

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