criminology(redirected from criminologies)
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The branch of science concerned with the physical and mental characteristics and behavior of criminals.
[L. crimen, crime, + G. logos, study]
(2) The study of the nature, causes, and means of handling criminal acts, viewed from the perspective of the police
the study of crime, the people who commit crimes, and penal codes used to deter crime and punish criminals.