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[an-thruh-pol-uh-jee] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi/
the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.
the study of human beings' similarity to and divergence from other animals.
the science of humans and their works.
Also called philosophical anthropology. the study of the nature and essence of humankind.
Origin of anthropology
1585-95; anthropo- + -logy
Related forms
[an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌæn θrə pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
anthropologic, adjective
anthropologically, adverb
pseudoanthropological, adjective
semianthropologic, adjective
semianthropological, adjective
semianthropologically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthropological
  • Various anthropological and archaeological addresses.
  • It's misguided cultural anthropological fascinations that allow for children all over the world to continue to be harmed.
  • anthropological inquiry has uncovered flood recall among all different cultures around the world.
  • The sheer volume of historical, anthropological, and narrative detail available to the public about the genocide is staggering.
  • If a listener has to do explicit anthropological work, that interferes with the easy digestion of pop.
  • The process first requires the identification of anthropological questions of importance.
  • anthropological studies confirmed the presence of only two individuals among the remains.
  • Information on all these subjects is available in the anthropological literature.
  • It's been disproved as a legitimate term for nearly two decades in cultural anthropological circles.
  • The different life forms described in the book in detail resemble the anthropological findings.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropological


the study of humans, their origins, physical characteristics, institutions, religious beliefs, social relationships, etc See also cultural anthropology, ethnology, physical anthropology, social anthropology
Derived Forms
anthropological (ˌænθrəpəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
anthropologically, adverb
anthropologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for anthropological

1825, from anthropology + -ical. Related: Anthropologically.



"science of the natural history of man," 1590s, originally especially of the relation between physiology and psychology, from Modern Latin anthropologia or coined independently in English from anthropo- + -logy. In Aristotle, anthropologos is used literally, as "speaking of man."

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anthropological in Medicine

anthropology an·thro·pol·o·gy (ān'thrə-pŏl'ə-jē)
The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.

an'thro·pol'o·gist n.
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anthropological in Science
The scientific study of humans, especially of their origin, their behavior, and their physical, social, and cultural development.
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anthropological in Culture

anthropology definition

The scientific study of the origin, development, and varieties of human beings and their societies, particularly so-called primitive societies.

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