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social engineering

Syllabification: so·cial en·gi·neer·ing

Definition of social engineering in English:

noun

The application of sociological principles to specific social problems.
Example sentences
  • This bill is a politically correct job of social engineering, and this Parliament should reject it.
  • The government must take on the onerous task of social engineering.
  • Our sense of shared identity ought not be driven by chauvinism, defensiveness or partisan social engineering.

Derivatives

social engineer

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noun
Example sentences
  • Before you dismiss this agenda as the pie-in-the-sky wish list of wannabe social engineers, consider the trajectory of the Twinkie tax, which has gone from reductio ad absurdum to serious policy proposal in just a few years.
  • If we believe in free markets, we should let them work without the distortions imposed by social engineers.
  • In this century, however, the open-ended character of the biotech and life sciences revolution suggests we now may have the tools to accomplish what social engineers failed to do in the past.

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