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or so·ci·o·log·ic

[soh-see-uh-loj-i-kuh l or soh-see-uh-loj-ik; soh-shee-]
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of sociology and its methodology.
  2. dealing with social questions or problems, especially focusing on cultural and environmental factors rather than on psychological or personal characteristics: a sociological approach to art.
  3. organized into a society; social.

Origin of sociological

First recorded in 1835–45; sociolog(y) + -ic + -al1
Related formsso·ci·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·so·ci·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·so·ci·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·so·ci·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for sociological

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Historical Examples

  • Sociological Papers of the Sociological Society, 1904, p. 35.

  • He's an Arpalone, you know; not a sociological anthropologist.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Theology, the science of religion, has sociological implications.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • Heredity is as important in sociological study as environment.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • It is the very essence of the sociological method to be comparative.

Word Origin and History for sociological


1861; see sociology + -ical. Related: Sociologically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper