[ soh-shuhl en-juh-neer-ing ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəl ˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər ɪŋ /
Political Science. the manipulation of social beliefs and behaviors by public or private entities through legislation, policy, and investment.
a technique that uses psychological manipulation, fraud, or dishonesty to force people to disclose private personal or corporate information, or to take a particular action:Hackers are using social engineering to perpetrate phishing scams.
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Origin of social engineering
First recorded in 1895–1900
OTHER WORDS FROM social engineeringso·cial en·gi·neer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for social engineering
the manipulation of the social position and function of individuals in order to manage change in a society
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