social structure

social structure
noun
the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships (Freq. 2)
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the social organization of England and America is very different

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sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family

Hypernyms: ↑system, ↑scheme
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑society
Member Meronyms: ↑political system, ↑form of government

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noun
1. : the internal institutionalized relationships built up by persons living within a group (as a family or community) especially with regard to the hierarchical organization of status and to the rules and principles regulating behavior
2. : the social organization of a society constituting an integrated whole

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structure (def. 9).
[1825-35]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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