noun Etymology: French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy Date: 1843 1. the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings 2. the scientific analysis of a social institution as a functioning whole and as it relates to the rest of society 3. synecologysociologist noun

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