sociological

adjective
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

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This sociological metric helps researchers understand how society is progressing or regressing in specific areas. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 What Tumin experienced more than 30 years ago was an early manifestation of a sociological shift in American racial politics. James Panero, WSJ, "Where’s the Mercy in ‘Social Justice’?," 23 Jan. 2019 This two-day event aims to explore the significance of the front porch from an architectural and sociological perspective, including its role in building and sustaining a community within neighborhoods. Anne Roderique-jones, Town & Country, "Porching Isn't Just a Southern Tradition—It's a Way of Life," 15 Aug. 2018 So there will be significant technical challenges to overcome, in addition to the economic, cultural and sociological concerns raised by Manchester. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)," 10 Aug. 2018 Many things in warfare, naturally, are often a complex byproduct of a range of more subjectively determined factors – impacted by concepts, personalities, individual psychology, historical nuances and larger sociological phenomena. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Pentagon makes massive new AI push for tanks, ships, weapons, drones and networks," 19 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of sociological

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sociological

adjective
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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