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

  • n. A detailed analysis of a person or group, especially as a model of medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena.
  • n. A detailed intensive study of a unit, such as a corporation or a corporate division, that stresses factors contributing to its success or failure.
  • n. An exemplary or cautionary model; an instructive example: "Before they lost their independence, [the two companies] were case studies in unsuccessful long-term planning” ( T. Boone Pickens, Jr.)

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  • n. Research performed in detail on a single individual, group, incident or community, as opposed to, for instance, a sample of the whole population.

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

  • n. a detailed analysis of a person or group from a social or psychological or medical point of view
  • n. a careful study of some social unit (as a corporation or division within a corporation) that attempts to determine what factors led to its success or failure


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