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Syllabification: an·thro·pol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌanTHrəˈpäləjē

Definition of anthropology in English:


1The study of humankind, in particular.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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: /-pəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • 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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