sociology

[ soh-see-ol-uh-jee, soh-shee- ]
/ ˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi- /

noun

the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society; the science of the fundamental laws of social relations, institutions, etc.

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Origin of sociology

From the French word sociologie, dating back to 1835–45. See socio-, -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM sociology

so·ci·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sociology

sociology
/ (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies

Derived forms of sociology

sociological (ˌsəʊsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivesociologically, adverbsociologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for sociology

sociology
[ sō′sē-ŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.
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Cultural definitions for sociology

sociology

The systematic study of human society, especially present-day societies. Sociologists study the organization, institutions, and development of societies, with a particular interest in identifying causes of the changing relationships among individuals and groups. (See social science.)

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