social science

noun
1.
the study of society and social behavior.
2.
a science or field of study, as history, economics, etc., dealing with an aspect of society or forms of social activity.

Origin:
1775–85

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

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social science   (sō'shəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various disciplines that study human society and social relationships, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.
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social science definition


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.

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Example sentences
It is sometimes cited as a landmark of social science.
Tells about the social science definition of epidemics.
The theories of social science relate to their subject matter in a reflexive
  manner.
Ideas survive laundering about as well as insights from social science survive
  the legislative process.
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