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
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.
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