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sociology

[soh-see-ol-uh-jee, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/
noun
1.
the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society; the science of the fundamental laws of social relations, institutions, etc.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French sociologie. See socio-, -logy
Related forms
sociologist, noun
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Examples for sociologist
  • We have no need to call upon the historian, the sociologist nor the statistician for our knowledge of this situation.
  • Certainly the judge is not an expert sociologist or criminologist, but he need not be.
British Dictionary definitions for sociologist

sociology

/ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies
Derived Forms
sociological (ˌsəʊsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
sociologically, adverb
sociologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for sociologist
sociology
1843, from Fr. sociologie, a hybrid coined 1830 by Fr. philosopher Isidore Auguste Comte (1798-1857), from L. socius "associate" + Gk.-derived suffix -logie "-logy."
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sociologist in Science
sociology
  (sō'sē-ŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.
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sociologist in Culture

sociology definition


The systematic study of human society, especially present-day societies. Sociologists study the organization, institutions, and development of societies, with a particular interest in identifying causes of the changing relationships among individuals and groups. (See social science.)

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