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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.
[French sociologie : socio-, socio- + -logie, study (from Greek -logiā; see -logy).]
so′ci·o·log′ic (-ə-lŏj′ĭk), so′ci·o·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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|Noun||1.||sociologist - a social scientist who studies the institutions and development of human society|
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