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sociology

[soh-see-ol-uh-jee, soh-shee-]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsso·ci·ol·o·gist, noun
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sociology

noun
  1. the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies
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Derived Formssociological (ˌsəʊsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivesociologically, adverbsociologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for sociology

n.

the science of social phenomena, 1843, from French sociologie, a hybrid coined 1830 by French philosopher Isidore Auguste Comte (1798-1857), from Latin socius "associate" (see social (adj.)) + Greek-derived suffix -logie (see -logy).

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sociology in Science

sociology

[sō′sē-ŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.
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sociology in Culture

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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