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

Definition of anthropology in English:


[mass noun]
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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