- a study of an individual unit, as a person, family, or social group, usually emphasizing developmental issues and relationships with the environment, especially in order to compare a larger group to the individual unit.
- case history.
Origin of case study
First recorded in 1930–35
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- the act or an instance of analysing one or more particular cases or case histories with a view to making generalizations
- A detailed analysis of a person or group, especially as a model of medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena.
- An exemplary or cautionary model; an instructive example.
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