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system (social system)

Definition of System

(noun) The interconnected relationship between individuals, groups, and institutions with shared behaviors, norms, and values that combine to form society.

System Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsɪstᵻm/
    • British English
      • /ˈsɪstᵻm/
  • Syllabification: (sys·tem)

Usage Note

  • Plural: systems

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References

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Cite the Definition of System

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/system/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

system. (2017). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/system/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/system/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“system.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/system/>.