sociology

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

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The new paper updates a study on migrating millionaires that Varner and Stanford sociology Professor Cristobal Young published in 2012. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Dozens of millionaires fled California after 2012 tax increase, study says," 6 July 2018 Police plan to partner with the National Training Institute on Race and Equity, a group that uses experts in psychology and sociology to work with police officers, educators, and health care workers. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Phoenix police to undergo up to $450K implicit bias and cultural competency training," 5 July 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 The school’s department of sociology chair declined to comment and the university did not immediately respond to request for comment. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "California university’s website says its OK for children to engage in 'sexual play,' watch porn," 13 June 2018 Jeff Kraus, who holds a sociology degree from IU Bloomington, owns the Crêpe Bar restaurant in Tempe, Ariz. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "IU graduate will be featured on Tuesday's episode of 'Chopped'," 11 June 2018 Recruits will learn sociology as well as practical know-how. The Economist, "How the career of the British bobby is changing," 24 May 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Scientific American, "Chances of Avoiding Dementia on Rise in U.S.," 24 May 2018 Rosier, who will be a redshirt senior in 2018, is getting his degree in sociology with a minor in sports administration. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Miami dropped two games against the Cubs. Can it avoid the sweep before coming home? | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018

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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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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, ˌsō-shē- \
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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