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noun
the study of society and social behavior.
a science or field of study, as history, economics, etc., dealing with an aspect of society or forms of social activity.
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Origin of social science

First recorded in 1775–85

OTHER WORDS FROM social science

social scientist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for social science

social science

noun
the study of society and of the relationship of individual members within society, including economics, history, political science, psychology, anthropology, and sociology
any of these subjects studied individually

Derived forms of social science

social scientist, noun
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Scientific definitions for social science

social science
[ sōshəl ]

Any of various disciplines that study human society and social relationships, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.
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Cultural definitions for social science

social science

The study of how groups of people behave, often in an effort to predict how they will behave in the future. The social sciences include economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, and aspects of psychology and history.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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