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Definition of Theory

(noun) A statement that proposes to describe and explain why facts or other social phenomenon are related to each other based on observed patterns.

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  • Plural: theories
  • A (noun) theorist (noun) theorizes (theorises) about (adjective) theological aspects of society (adverb) theologically.

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Cite the Definition of Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/theory/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/theory/>.