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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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 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 Shaking the Gates is part family memoir, part history; part paean to parents, part sophisticated sociological critique, including critique of Archibald’s own family. Dan Carsen, al, "Read, think, and shake your own gates," 6 Apr. 2021 The viewing declines have been caused by technological and sociological shifts amid a pandemic that's scrambling media habits. Star Tribune, "Fans finding some sports championships, award shows less rewarding," 19 Mar. 2021 Their sociological research into the way people use and value these MPAs, and how well public expectations about marine protection align with reality, yielded more surprises. Ashley Braun, Smithsonian Magazine, "Partially Protected Marine Areas Have Little Benefit, Scientists Say," 15 Mar. 2021 In what may be the world’s largest sociological experiment, many of us have had to rely almost completely on technology to tend these friendships. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Why Video Calls Leave Us Lonelier and More Stressed," 14 Mar. 2021

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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 9 May. 2021.

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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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