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 for social science
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Social \So"cial\, a. [L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin
     to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See Sue to follow.]
     1. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in
        society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social
        interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits;
        social happiness; social duties. "Social phenomena." --J.
        S. Mill.
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     2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse;
        companionable; sociable; as, a social person.
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     3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
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              Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not
              Social communication.                 --Milton.
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     4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of
        many individual plants of the same species.
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     5. (Zool.)
        (a) Living in communities consisting of males, females,
            and neuters, as do ants and most bees.
        (b) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from
            basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians.
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     Social science, the science of all that relates to the
        social condition, the relations and institutions which are
        involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member
        of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself
        with questions of the public health, education, labor,
        punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the
     Social whale (Zool.), the blackfish.
     The social evil, prostitution.
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     Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly;
          familiar; communicative; convival; festive.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  social science
      n 1: the branch of science that studies society and the
           relationships of individual within a society

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "social science":
     academic discipline, academic specialty, action, actions, activity,
     acts, address, affectation, air, applied science, area, arena, art,
     bearing, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm,
     behavioral science, carriage, comportment, concern, conduct,
     culture pattern, custom, demeanor, department of knowledge,
     deportment, discipline, doing, doings, domain, field,
     field of inquiry, field of study, folkway, gestures, goings-on,
     guise, maintien, manner, manners, method, methodology, methods,
     mien, modus vivendi, motions, movements, moves, natural science,
     observable behavior, ology, pattern, poise, port, pose, posture,
     practice, praxis, presence, procedure, proceeding, province,
     pure science, science, specialty, sphere, study, style, tactics,
     technicology, technics, technology, tone, way, way of life, ways

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