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sociology

[soh-see-ol-uh-jee, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/
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.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French sociologie. See socio-, -logy
Related forms
sociologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sociologists

sociology

/ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies
Derived Forms
sociological (ˌsəʊsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
sociologically, adverb
sociologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for sociologists

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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sociologists in Science
sociology
  (sō'sē-ŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.
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sociologists in Culture

sociology definition


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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