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.

Nearby words

  1. sociological,
  2. sociologism,
  3. sociologist,
  4. sociologistic,
  5. sociologize,
  6. sociometry,
  7. sociopath,
  8. sociopathy,
  9. sociopolitical,
  10. sociopsychological

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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British Dictionary definitions for sociology

sociology

/ (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies
Derived Formssociological (ˌsəʊsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivesociologically, adverbsociologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for sociology

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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Science 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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Culture 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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