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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
1775-1785
1775-85
Related forms
social scientist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for social sciences

social science

noun
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
Derived Forms
social scientist, noun
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social science
  (sō'shəl)   
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 sciences 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.

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