sociology

noun
so·​ci·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce sociology (audio) , ˌsō-shē- \

Definition of sociology

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

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Other Words from sociology

sociologist \ ˌsō-​sē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist ˌsō-​shē-​ How to pronounce sociology (audio) \ noun

Examples of sociology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Tom Nolan, visiting associate professor of sociology at Emmanuel College and former Boston Police officer, said their reliance on 911 call data to measure crime is flawed. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 Ted Goertzel, emeritus professor of sociology at Rutgers University said the internet has been a game changer for conspiracy theory consumption and evolution. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Christina Chin, an associate professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton, said that for as long as Japanese players have been in the major leagues, the media have focused on their training, consistency, background and precision. NBC News, 14 July 2021 Evan Stewart, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said the SBC reflects a bigger trend of public distrust of religious institutions. Bob Smietana Religion News Service, al, 24 June 2021 Figures such as Rose Robinson and Muhammad Ali all fall into a continuum of activism as outlined by Harry Edwards, founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and professor emeritus of sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Steven Poole, CNN, 21 June 2021 Recent outcry over critical race theory is a manifestation of white conservative backlash to the racial justice movement that gained surging support in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, said Noel A. Cazenave, a professor of sociology at UConn. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 12 June 2021 The officer put himself at risk by confronting Tyrell alone, said Nolan, who is now associate professor of sociology at Emmanuel College in Boston. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2021 Those ideas aren’t unique to critical race theory, said Jason Shelton, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Arlington and the director of the school’s Center for African American Studies. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of sociology

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sociology

French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy

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25 Jul 2021

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“Sociology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sociology. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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sociology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sociology

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

sociology

noun
so·​ci·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsō-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce sociology (audio) , ˌsō-shē- How to pronounce sociology (audio) \
plural sociologies

Medical Definition of sociology

: 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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