meth·od·o·log·i·cal | \ ˌme-thə-də-ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Definition of methodological 

: of or relating to method or methodology

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methodologically \-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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First, this methodological tweak comes just months after two big Chinese provinces admitted to padding growth figures during the 2015 and 2016 downturn. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Fixing Chinese Profits Is Easy—Just Fix the Data," 5 July 2018 The letter grades Silver and his people assign to particular polling outlets is mostly based on accuracy over time, with adjustments for methodological quality and transparency. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Polling Is Still Working, According to Nate Silver," 30 May 2018 Measuring the returns from unlisted equity investments is necessarily fraught with methodological problems. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Slippery Way to Grab a Slice of the Next Google," 1 May 2018 Also in the running: An avowed white supremacist who made headlines after surging in one poll, though analysts now chock that up to a methodological flaw. NBC News, "California's GOP is collapsing. Is that a sign for Republicans nationwide?," 4 June 2018 Researchers said the figure could be as high as 5,740 excess deaths, when adjusted for certain bias and methodological issues. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "New Study Puts Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico at 4,600," 29 May 2018 Fifty-four companies have weathered economic busts, disruption from newer players, and methodological changes on Fortune’s end in calculating the list to appear in every Fortune 500 since 1955. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "These Companies Have Made the Fortune 500 Every Year Since 1955," 22 May 2018 Admittedly, a methodological asterisk is at play: Last year, participants were given an open text box rather than specific diets to choose from. Sophie Egan,, "Paleo, keto, fasting, Whole30: Why food tribes are on the rise," 17 May 2018 But of course, disinformation peddlers know these methods too — thus inviting a methodological arms race. Scott Edwards, Washington Post, "Fake news is about to get a lot worse. That will make it easier to violate human rights — and get away with it.," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of methodological

1849, in the meaning defined above

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