The definition of criminology is a field of scientific study focused on crimes and criminals.(noun)
When you study the underlying causes of crime, this is an example of criminology.
See criminology in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L crimen, gen. criminis (see crime) + -logy
See criminology in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Italian criminologia
Origin: : Latin crīmen, crīmin-, accusation; see crime
Origin: + Latin -logia, -logy.
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