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[soh-see-ol-uh-jee, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/
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 of sociology
1835-45; < French sociologie. See socio-, -logy
Related forms
sociologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sociology
  • Economics, sociology, and politics are all important factors in planning for the future.
  • Leaving politics and sociology aside, the image compels on its own merits.
  • The authors are invited to take a sociology or political science course once in a while.
  • Some connect science to history, philosophy, sociology or ethics.
  • Climatology is about as scientific as psychology or sociology.
  • Here you have one picture of the sociology of physics.
  • The system churns out far too many psychology or sociology graduates, who find their degrees useless in the job market.
  • Social technologies are and will be a good educational tools for sociology and psychology studies.
  • But for us it opened a world of psychology, sociology, and literature.
  • Essays by scholars of sociology and higher education on the challenges the professoriate faces.
British Dictionary definitions for sociology


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 sociology

the science of social phenomena, 1843, from French sociologie, a hybrid coined 1830 by French philosopher Isidore Auguste Comte (1798-1857), from Latin socius "associate" (see social (adj.)) + Greek-derived suffix -logie (see -logy).

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sociology in Science
The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.
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sociology 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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