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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Why did editors not ask how sound was this methodological approach? Sarah Wild, Quartz Africa, "How long-discredited “race science” research got published from two South African universities," 29 July 2019 The differences between the contestants in this liberal Thunderdome are generational, ideological, methodological, and demographic. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Pelosi’s House of Pain," 13 July 2019 That’s a much more involved process, fraught with methodological challenges and disputes (such as how to model the requirements of the Voting Rights Act). Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "How Much Does Gerrymandering Really Matter?," 28 June 2019 The methodological approach and teaching also varies every year, though the assignments always focus on the interaction between science and art. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 There’s a broader political debate outside the narrower methodological debate. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 Another methodological question about the new study Other researchers deeply invested in the low-carb diet debate raised another question about the new research. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Does cutting carbs really help keep weight off? The big new diet study, explained.," 17 Nov. 2018 However, while a 2016 review of 24 studies found that children who play chess score higher in math, the research had some methodological flaws, says Giovanni Sala, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Osaka University in Japan. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Science Behind Making Your Child Smarter," 24 Dec. 2018 None of this is to say that marijuana addiction is worse than being addicted to any other drug, and Keyhani points out that there are methodological problems with research on the harms of cannabis, too. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of methodological

1849, in the meaning defined above

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