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social engineering

the application of the findings of social science to the solution of actual social problems.
Origin of social engineering
First recorded in 1895-1900
Related forms
social engineer, noun Unabridged
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  • The organization of sound economic groups is a problem in the field of social engineering.

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  • Household engineering is the great need for material welfare, and social engineering for moral and ethical well-being.

  • There is, however, a special need for some social engineering which can initiate Boarding Homes for the Elderly.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • The changes that continue to affect the society are more the result of economic growth than of social engineering.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for social engineering

social engineering

the manipulation of the social position and function of individuals in order to manage change in a society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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