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sociological

[soh-see-uh-loj-i-kuh l, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ si əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of sociology and its methodology.
2.
dealing with social questions or problems, especially focusing on cultural and environmental factors rather than on psychological or personal characteristics:
a sociological approach to art.
3.
organized into a society; social.
Also, sociologic.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; sociolog(y) + -ic + -al1
Related forms
sociologically, adverb
nonsociological, adjective
unsociological, adjective
unsociologically, adverb
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Examples from the web for sociological
  • Tramps never had any attraction for me, as a sociological problem or otherwise.
  • Read our question-and-answer essay and offer your insights on the sociological effects of lice infestations on communities.
  • Great idea, great sound, great sociological significance.
  • Some portion of his current fan base would take exception to his sociological views, were they better known.
  • Networking idealists have always preferred to believe that online communities have a transcendent sociological value.
  • The absurd sociological pressures of tipping have only gotten worse.
  • Finally, it is important to note that clinical insights are different from sociological findings.
  • Structures, in the sociological sense, constrain human agency.
  • If you look closely at my argument there is a sociological structure.
  • It is interesting to us as evidence of the intimate connection between school problems and sociological questions.
Word Origin and History for sociological
adj.

1861; see sociology + -ical. Related: Sociologically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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