1. (noun) The object, typically an individual or group observed in an experiment or social scene.

Example: The people in a classroom when studying the learning habits of university Seniors.

2. (noun) A specialized field of knowledge.

Example: Anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology.

3. (noun) What is being studied or discussed.

Example: Marxism in an introductory sociology class or the topic of a conversation among sociology students before a class begins.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: subjects
  • The term subject is often used interchangeably with individual or person in sociological writing, particularly theory.
  • Also called:
    • Sense 1
      • actor
      • individual
      • person
    • Sense 2
      • bailiwick
      • discipline
      • field
      • field of study
      • subject area
      • subject field
    • Sense 3
      • content
      • issue
      • matter
      • subject matter
      • theme
      • topic

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