- the study of crime and criminals: a branch of sociology.
Origin of criminology
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Examples from the Web for criminological
Exempting private sales is a major problem from a criminological perspective.The Senate’s Worthless Gun-Control Compromise
April 12, 2013
But kernels of criminological thought can be contained in a thin volume.Criminal Types
V. M. Masten
This is very instructive from the criminological point of view.
Additional bibliography of psychological and criminological works likely to be generally helpful has been appended.
They are so barren of originality that a criminological Linnæus could classify them with absolute nicety.Max Carrados
He abstracted the severed head of Becker on some criminological excuse, and took it home in his official box.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
- the scientific study of crime, criminal behaviour, law enforcement, etcSee also penology
C19: from Latin crimin- crime, -logy
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Word Origin and History for criminological
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