sociology

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noun so·ci·ol·o·gy \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌsō-shē-\

Definition of sociology

  1. 1 :  the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically :  the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings

  2. 2 :  the scientific analysis of a social institution as a functioning whole and as it relates to the rest of society

  3. 3 :  synecology

sociologist

play \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jist ˌsō-shē-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of sociology

French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy


First Known Use: 1842


SOCIOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

sociology

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noun so·ci·ol·o·gy \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌsō-shē-\

Definition of sociology for English Language Learners

  • : the study of society, social institutions, and social relationships


Medical Dictionary

sociology

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noun so·ci·ol·o·gy \ˌsō-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌsō-shē-\

Medical Definition of sociology

plural

sociologies

  1. :  the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically :  the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings



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