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suburb

(noun) A residential area outside of a city that is close enough for a daily commute.

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succession

(noun) The transfer of a particular office or status to another individual.

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suicide

(noun) Intentionally killing oneself alone or a part of a group.

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supernatural

(adjective) Beyond the natural or unexplainable by ordinary terms.

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support

(noun) Anything that aids in the adoption and enforcement of a policy.

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supranational

(adjective) Beyond the scope of one nation’s boundaries or interests.

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survey (social survey)

(noun) A research method that collects data from respondents through a series of questions by interview or questionnaire.

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symbol

(noun) Anything that represents something else.

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symbolic interactionism

(noun) The theory that society is possible because of the shared meanings and social patterns created during social interactions.

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symmetrical exchange

(noun) A system in which the males of one group marry the females of another group.

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symmetrical family

(noun) A family structure in industrial societies in which both spouses work for wages and share domestic labor equally.

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syntax

1. (noun) The study of rules governing the arrangement of words and other elements (e.g., punctuation) to create clauses, phrases, and sentences; 2. (noun) The formal rules for structuring well-formed clauses, phrases, and sentences.

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system (social system)

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

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systematic

1. (adjective) Relating to a classification, system, or taxonomy; 2. (adjective) Methodical, orderly, and purposeful.