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or sociologic

[soh-see-uh-loj-i-kuh l or soh-see-uh-loj-ik; soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ si əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or ˌsoʊ si əˈlɒdʒ ɪk; ˌsoʊ ʃi-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of sociology and its methodology.
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.
organized into a society; social.
Origin of sociological
First recorded in 1835-45; sociolog(y) + -ic + -al1
Related forms
sociologically, adverb
nonsociological, adjective
unsociological, adjective
unsociologically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I began to find unexpected books upon her table: sociological books, travels, Shaw's plays.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Heredity is as important in sociological study as environment.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Ideas are the substance of poetry and nearly all ideas are moral, sociological or psychological.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • sociological Papers of the sociological Society, 1904, p. 35.

  • We will take in succession—the physical view, the biological view, the psychological view, and the sociological view.

    The Data of Ethics Herbert Spencer
Word Origin and History for sociological

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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