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
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A law and social-science liberal (much more, it has always seemed, than an economics liberal).
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
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Any of various disciplines that study human society and social relationships, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.
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