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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web To describe the intended shift in somewhat reductive terms, then, this new iteration is an effort to step away from the purely psychological and towards the more structural, societal, and sociological. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "How NPR’s Invisibilia Reinvented Itself," 11 May 2021 This has significant sociological, economical, health, and policy implications. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, "How Your Brain Makes Decisions Impacts How It Evaluates (Mis)Information," 8 May 2021 Dalal Katsiaficas, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told me that moving away from home has traditionally been one of the sociological markers of becoming an adult. Rainesford Stauffer, The Atlantic, "You Don’t Need to Leave Home to Build a Life," 6 May 2021 So to leave the safeguarding of such data mostly on individuals, instead of seeing it as a sociological and organizational issue, is a problem. Whizy Kim,, "His Identity Was Stolen Once. Then, It Happened Again. Why Didn’t His Bank Believe Him?," 28 Apr. 2021 For now, indoor spaces have to keep masks as a rule simply for sociological reasons. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "The CDC Is Still Repeating Its Mistakes," 28 Apr. 2021 Looking-glass self is this sociological concept that involves forming your own identity through the perceptions of others. Hessie Jones, Forbes, "Intersectionality, Inequity And Imminence Of AI: A Human Perspective," 26 Apr. 2021 Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó and his screenwriting partner Kata Wéber assemble these sociological puzzle pieces out of the contradictions of #MeToo-era sympathies. Armond White, National Review, "Pieces of a Woman Falls Apart," 14 Apr. 2021 The sociological commentary by more current observers—intended to make the moral points already adequately made—seem extraneous, if not simply tiresome. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The People v. the Klan’ Review: A Mother in Pursuit of Justice," 8 Apr. 2021

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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 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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