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social science

the study of society and social behavior.
a science or field of study, as history, economics, etc., dealing with an aspect of society or forms of social activity.
Origin of social science
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social scientist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for social science
  • 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.
  • social science studies lack scientific rigor, therefore it should be unsurprising that the studies are inconclusive.
  • Many people expect that midlife brings forth inevitable crisis, but that idea is not supported by social science.
  • Thanks again for the article and bringing some qualitative social science into the magazine.
  • social science studies report statistical correlations which means any set of results would only report probabilities.
  • Reading these comments is a good social science study of denial and defense.
  • It would negate historical knowledge and much of social science.
British Dictionary definitions for social science

social science

the study of society and of the relationship of individual members within society, including economics, history, political science, psychology, anthropology, and sociology
any of these subjects studied individually
Derived Forms
social scientist, noun
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social science in Science
social science
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 in Culture

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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