meth·​od·​o·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌme-thə-də-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce methodological (audio) \

Definition of methodological

: of or relating to method or methodology

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methodologically \ ˌme-​thə-​də-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce methodologically (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web But Swart and Louise Biddle, a researcher also at Gothenburg, found a way around this methodological roadblock. Oliver Whang New York Times, Star Tribune, "How 14 elephants seals assisted an Antarctic ice study," 27 Aug. 2020 The census also faces a troubling combination of budget problems and large methodological changes. The Economist, "All flaxen was his poll America’s decennial census and covid-19," 15 Aug. 2020 Most pollsters did believe Clinton would win, and there were methodological errors. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Can we trust the 2020 US presidential polls?," 5 Aug. 2020 From a methodological point of view, that is the responsible stance. Seán Mfundza Muller, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s modeling for Covid-19 has been deeply flawed with major consequences," 9 June 2020 But a small trial in France that lent initial support to hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment has been widely criticized for methodological flaws, including a failure to randomize the study groups. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Antimalarials widely used against COVID-19 heighten risk of cardiac arrest. How can doctors minimize the danger?," 21 Apr. 2020 That’s because the studies have been both few in number and beset with methodological problems. Hilda Bastian, Wired, "The Face Mask Debate Reveals a Scientific Double Standard," 8 Apr. 2020 But our analysis suggests this—or any other methodological factor—does not fully explain the widespread discrepancies. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The CDC Has Quietly Started Releasing Nationwide Testing Data," 17 May 2020 Not just for its methodological weaknesses, but for the apparent wrongness of its main conclusions—and the risk that these could have a harmful influence on public-health recommendations. David H. Freedman, Wired, "A Prophet of Scientific Rigor—and a Covid Contrarian," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of methodological

1849, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2020

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“Methodological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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