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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of human populations, and how they change.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The study of vital statistics, such as births, deaths, marriages, mortality, health, etc., in populations and subgroups of populations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That department of anthropology which relates to vital and social statistics and their application to the comparative study of races and of nations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of sociology that studies the characteristics of human populations

Etymologies

French démographie : Greek dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots + French -graphie, writing (from Greek -graphiā, -graphy).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
demo- (“people”) + -graphy (“written representation of”) (Wiktionary)

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