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so·ci·ol·o·gy  audio  (ss-l-j, -sh-) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The study of human social behavior, especially the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society.
  2. Analysis of a social institution or societal segment as a self-contained entity or in relation to society as a whole.

ETYMOLOGY:
French sociologie : socio-, socio- + -logie, study (from Greek -logi; see -logy)

OTHER FORMS:
soci·o·logic  (--ljk) KEY  or soci·o·logi·cal  (--kl) KEY (Adjective), soci·o·logi·cal·ly(Adverb), soci·olo·gist(Noun)


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