the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.
the study of human beings' similarity to and divergence from other animals.
the science of humans and their works.
Also called phil·o·soph·i·cal an·thro·pol·o·gy [fil-uh-sof-i-kuhl an-thruh-pol-uh-jee] /ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəl ˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi/ . the study of the nature and essence of humankind.
- an·thro·po·log·i·cal [an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌæn θrə pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, an·thro·po·log·ic, adjective
- an·thro·po·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·an·thro·po·log·i·cal, adjective
- sem·i·an·thro·po·log·ic, adjective
- sem·i·an·thro·po·log·i·cal, adjective
- sem·i·an·thro·po·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use anthropology in a sentence
Curtis, you will recall, is a professional disgustologist, with a background in public health and anthropology.
In Curtis’s case, that means a background in engineering, public health, and evolutionary anthropology.
Watching the proceedings from her Baltimore home was Leah Bush, 38, a PhD student in American studies and anthropology at the University of Maryland at College Park.Do ‘elder Goths’ hold the secret to aging successfully? | David Walter | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
So widely distributed and so vast in number, it is well to know what purposes they may serve in anthropologic science.On Limitations To The Use Of Some Anthropologic Data | J. W. Powell
There are some gestures that are inimitable because they are associated with a certain anthropologic personality.Pedagogical Anthropology | Maria Montessori
Besides, this precaution is also a postulate of anthropologic science.
The world still has its millions of savage inhabitants who do not represent to-day, but anthropologic yesterdays, long past.The home | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
In all the earlier surveys anthropologic researches among the North American Indians were carried on.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropology
- anthropological (ˌænθrəpəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
- anthropologically, adverb
- anthropologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for anthropology
The scientific study of humans, especially of their origin, their behavior, and their physical, social, and cultural development.
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Cultural definitions for anthropology
The scientific study of the origin, development, and varieties of human beings and their societies, particularly so-called primitive societies.
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