sociology

[soh-see-ol-uh-jee, soh-shee-]
noun
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:
1835–45; < French sociologie. See socio-, -logy

sociologist, noun
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sociology (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies
 
sociological
 
adj
 
socio'logically
 
adv
 
soci'ologist
 
n

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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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sociology   (sō'sē-ŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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