(noun) “The scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior in both the individual and in society” (Princeton University 2010).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: criminologies
  • Criminology is viewed as a sub-field of sociology by some and its own discipline by others.
  • Also called criminal justice.
  • A type of social science.
  • Type: penology
  • A  specialist in criminology is a (noun) criminologist and studies (adjective) criminologic or (adjective) criminological information (adverb) criminologically.

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