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 And when the Union-Tribune discovered flaws in the methodology of the department’s contract statistician, neither Gore nor his expert responded to the discrepancies. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Reporter’s Notebook: Despite 12 deaths this year, Sheriff’s Department continues to deny its own jail-inmate mortality data," 27 Dec. 2020 The spokeswoman said the department didn’t anticipate any changes in methodology. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "U.S. Unemployment Claims Fell Last Week After Recent Rise," 3 Dec. 2020 The shift in reporting methodology follows a front-page story by The Oregonian/OregonLive and a stinging letter from more than two dozen Democratic lawmakers calling on Gov. Kate Brown to immediately increase access to testing. oregonlive, "Oregon Health Authority to dramatically alter way coronavirus testing statistics are reported," 21 Nov. 2020 Due to changes in methodology, the number of child laborers in the new survey is not comparable to that of the first survey, researchers said. Washington Post, "U.S. report: Much of the world’s chocolate supply relies on more than a million child workers," 19 Oct. 2020 In 1936, the Digest employed the same methodology that had served it so well. W. Joseph Campbell, The Conversation, "Epic miscalls and landslides unforeseen: The exceptional catalog of polling failure," 14 Oct. 2020 The same methodology was used in 2009 when H1N1, also known as the swine flu, took hold. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Gottlieb says likelihood "extremely low" for COVID-19 vaccine available for use in 2020," 6 Sep. 2020 Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, which recently changed its methodology for tracking positive cases to include all viral tests performed, had the state’s rate at 5.40%, one of 42 states above 5%. Phil Davis,, "Maryland reports 1,840 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths as rural western counties see surge," 15 Nov. 2020 The full rankings are available online with more information about the study’s methodology, which used data from the U.S. Census, the FBI and the Trust for Public Land. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "These 10 North Texas cities named among the best places to live in the state," 2 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Methodology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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