meth·​od·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌme-thə-ˈdä-lə-jē How to pronounce methodology (audio) \
plural methodologies

Definition of methodology

1 : a body of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline : a particular procedure or set of procedures demonstrating library research methodology the issue is massive revision of teaching methodology— Bob Samples
2 : the analysis of the principles or procedures of inquiry in a particular field

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Methodology and Science

The methodology employed in an experiment is essential to its success, and bad methodology has spoiled thousands of research projects. So whenever a piece of research is published in a scientific or medical journal, the researchers always carefully describe their methodology; otherwise, other scientists couldn't possibly judge the quality of what they've done.

Examples of methodology in a Sentence

He blamed the failure of their research on poor methodology. for solving crossword puzzles my usual methodology is to begin by filling in all of the answers I'm reasonably sure of
Recent Examples on the Web But the White House is now attacking the methodology behind a particular poll which this week delivered an especially harsh assessment of the president’s standing among Americans. James Freeman, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Her high school biology teacher helped her along the way, Carson said, discussing and verifying the methodology. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 The process is called domain transfer methodology, when one species is placed in another’s environment and carries out an otherwise familiar task — in this case navigation. NBC News, 11 Jan. 2022 The Movie theme rules three metrics of the chart’s methodology this week: physical sales (the CD launched with 47,292 copies), streaming (9,696,001 weekly streams), and video views (2,098,622 weekly views). Billboard Japan, Billboard, 10 Jan. 2022 The ability to use navigation skills in unfamiliar settings is known as domain transfer methodology, reports Jonathan M. Gitlin for Ars Technica. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Digital game designers understand this methodology. Angelia Mcfarland, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Specifically, the idea was to see if the fishes' navigation skills are universal and work in extremely unfamiliar environments, a concept known as domain transfer methodology. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 Shawcroft defended Prep 60’s higher estimates, saying the group’s methodology, which was reviewed by an engineering trade group, was more detailed than the state’s and accounted for inflation and the need to replace infrastructure every 50 years. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of methodology

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for methodology

New Latin methodologia, from Latin methodus + -logia -logy

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“Methodology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of methodology

: a set of methods, rules, or ideas that are important in a science or art : a particular procedure or set of procedures

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