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.

1585–95; anthropo- + -logy

anthropological [an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuhl] , anthropologic, adjective
anthropologically, adverb
pseudoanthropological, adjective
semianthropologic, adjective
semianthropological, adjective
semianthropologically, adverb Unabridged
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anthropology (ˌænθrəˈpɒlədʒɪ)
cultural anthropology ethnology physical anthropology See also social anthropology the study of humans, their origins, physical characteristics, institutions, religious beliefs, social relationships, etc

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"science of the natural history of man," 1590s, coined from Gk. anthropo- + -logia "study of." In Aristotle, anthropologos is used literally, as "speaking of man." Related: Anthropological (1825); anthropologist (1798).
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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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anthropology   (ān'thrə-pŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of humans, especially of their origin, their behavior, and their physical, social, and cultural development.
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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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