Definition of anthropology in English:


Line breaks: an¦thro|pol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /ˌanθrəˈpɒlədʒi


[mass noun]
  • 1The study of humankind, in particular:
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    • The future of applied anthropology cannot ignore the past, just as applied anthropology should not ignore anthropology as a wider field.
    • The country has produced important work in biology, medicine, geology, mathematics, physics, genetics, psychology, and anthropology.
    • While she majored in dance in college, she also studied French, anthropology, and biology.
  • 1.1 (also cultural or social anthropology) The comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development.
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    • Had he drawn his explanation of the development of the human young from cultural anthropology rather than ethological studies, he might have constructed a different paradigm of the child's development of early bonds with others.
    • So he studied anthropology, inquisitive about human societies and their desires and needs.
    • Social and cultural anthropology is the study of common sense.
  • 1.2 (also physical anthropology) The science of human zoology, evolution, and ecology.
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    • It provides a solid underpinning of evolutionary biology for those who want to explore ecology, anthropology and social evolution anywhere on earth.
    • Another important area that will be influenced is anthropology, evolution and human migration.
    • The new Cartesianism of cognitive science and biological anthropology provide some contemporary exemplars.



Pronunciation: /-pəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
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  • He illustrates and strengthens his conclusions with references to other anthropological studies of Japan.
  • The book offers essays combining anthropological and historical perspectives.
  • This collection of articles constitutes a diverse set of anthropological examinations of food and culture.


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  • The French were not a single race either ethnically or anthropologically.
  • In summary, tracking scholarly microhabitats and scholars in the wild make good subjects of study for the anthropologically inclined among us.
  • I certainly don't give it any credence as anthropologically observed cultural fact.


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  • No tribe in North America has been more vigorously studied by anthropologists than the Navajos.
  • It was also during the 1970s that anthropologists began to look beyond the usual research destinations.
  • Still, as anthropologists, we should always question and critique these processes.

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