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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.
the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies
The scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions.

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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  • Sociologistic

    [soh-see-ol-uh-jis-tik, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ siˌɒl əˈdʒɪs tɪk, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/ adjective 1. making reference only to the concepts of sociology, especially emphasizing social factors to the exclusion of others.

  • Sociologize

    verb (used with or without object), sociologized, sociologizing. 1. to explain, study, or interpret in sociological or social terms.

  • Socialization

    [soh-shuh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsoʊ ʃə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position. 2. the act or process of making socialistic: the socialization of industry. socialization /ˌsəʊʃəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun 1. (psychol) the modification from infancy […]

  • Sociality

    noun 1. social nature or tendencies as shown in the assembling of individuals in communities. 2. the action on the part of individuals of associating together in communities. 3. the state or quality of being social. noun (pl) -ties 1. the tendency of groups and persons to develop social links and live in communities 2. […]

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