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 sociologic (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

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

Examples of sociological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Love triangles and opposites-attract scenarios are the backbones of teen comedy, but these stories are much more interesting when there's some sociological bite to them. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You': Film Review," 11 Feb. 2020 Public-policy work forces one to spend long hours researching crucial sociological details that are of no philosophic significance whatsoever. Daniel E. Burns, National Review, "What Political Philosophy Can’t Do," 23 Jan. 2020 Still, that kind of data is a sociological treasure trove. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Online sermons reveal differences in how Christians in the US worship," 17 Dec. 2019 Star Trek went to planets with monolithic cultures and dealt with certain sociological problems. Stephen Humphrey, Science | AAAS, "How real-world science sets The Expanse apart from other sci-fi shows," 6 Dec. 2019 Some conservation programs are testing ways to overcome sociological and economic hurdles to get HOAs to embrace such changes, or at least not oppose them. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Cookie-Cutter Suburbs Could Help Spread Sustainable Yards," 3 Dec. 2019 In 1974 alone more than 4,000 articles were written about him, besides university theses and sociological studies. The Economist, "Gloriously second Obituary: Raymond Poulidor died on November 13th," 28 Nov. 2019 This would seem to make the two men sociological soul mates, yet in the morning all goes haywire when Reda pockets Édouard’s iPad and iPhone. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Fleeing Home, but Not Homophobia," 18 Nov. 2019 Stories from Smarsh’s own life as a fifth-generation member of a Kansas wheat farming family are contextualized with incisive sociological analysis., "Get tickets now for 2019 Tribune literary awards," 3 Oct. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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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 sociologic (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 sociologically (audio) \ adverb

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