meth·​od·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌme-thə-ˈdä-lə-jē \
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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Some diversity advocates say tech companies should develop a standardized methodology to track diversity. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Jesse Jackson calls on big tech to redouble diversity efforts — and figure out what's not working," 2 Apr. 2018 Comscore’s product is in some cases seen as more appealing for local stations, in part because its methodology tends to reflect more positively on their performance, media executives said. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Comscore’s Local Momentum Signals Fresh Rivalry in Measurement Market," 10 Jan. 2019 However, some shippers, like UPS, have argued that the methodology for determining the costs needs revision. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Postal Service Review Proposes Sweeping Changes Likely to Hit Amazon," 4 Dec. 2018 Fortunately, Catalist, a progressive data vendor company, developed a new methodology for estimating the composition of the electorate that gives us demographics that are both accurate and comparable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The 2018 electorate was older, whiter, and better educated than in 2016," 12 Nov. 2018 From All the President's Men to Fear, Woodward has made a career out of a proudly imperfect documentation methodology. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is a Whistleblower," 26 Sep. 2018 Memory is an important aspect of Tajer’s methodology; his mission is to coax ideas and feelings into the real world, to translate the abstract into something material. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Casablanca, a New Menswear Line From Paris, Serves Up High Style With Après-Sport Ease," 30 Oct. 2018 According to the project methodology, researchers selected 40 accounts that showed hateful conduct, and then algorithmically generated a larger dataset of related accounts. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "A new project is trying to track hateful users’ activity on Twitter," 15 Oct. 2018 If the methodology is accurate, the list price will come close to what the house would sell for on the open market anyway. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "New home flipping platform sells to the first bidder, not the highest," 19 Sep. 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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