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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Synonyms for methodology


course, line, policy, procedure, program

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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

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Lynn said a 24% jump was partly the result of a change in the methodology of the count. Doug Smith,, "Homelessness jumps 12% in L.A. County and 16% in the city; officials ‘stunned’," 4 June 2019 That’s because Lears didn’t start with AOC, or Bush, Vilela, or Swearengin—at least not in methodology. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 The evidence for supervised consumption sites, however, is much weaker, with only nine quasi-experimental studies available, and none of them particularly strong in methodology. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 In the list-question methodology, the difference in mean activities between the treatment and control group provides the share of firms admitting to paying bribes. Nathan M. Jensen And Edmund J. Malesky, Washington Post, "This is what helps stop big corporations from bribing politicians," 7 Mar. 2018 There’s a pretty good research base now to know that personal histories and experiences influence your own research methodology, your research bias and your research results. Elena Hilton, Glamour, "Climate Change Will Disproportionately Affect Women, So Why Are Their Voices Being Ignored?," 22 Apr. 2019 Pichai countered that Google has found issues with the website’s methodology and sample size. Emily Stewart, Vox, "There are lots of reasons to worry about Google. Congress just picked the wrong one.," 12 Dec. 2018 While other researchers remain skeptical about the counting methodology and the accuracy of the steep decline, this penguin colony is definitely shrinking, while king penguin populations on other islands in the archipelago are staying stable. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "World's Largest King Penguin Colony Is Shrinking Mysteriously," 4 Aug. 2018 Given the poll’s methodology and the standings, the race for second place is a toss-up, especially with a quarter of voters still undcided. Joshua Stewart,, "Poll shows Rep. Duncan Hunter walking away with the primary, despite criminal investigation," 22 May 2018

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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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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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