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 The methodology relies on comparing affected students' salaries with the pay of those who graduated from similar programs. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "House Democrats overturn DeVos on student loan forgiveness, but change unlikely to pass Senate," 16 Jan. 2020 The methodologies are based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and student services and technology. al, "Alabama colleges in top 20 nationally for online degrees, U.S. News says," 14 Jan. 2020 Niche's 2020 ranking of the safest school districts around Houston was compiled using the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from students and parents, according to the report methodology. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Ranked: The safest school districts in the Houston area in 2020, according to Niche," 13 Jan. 2020 The process of honing the methodologies includes bringing artificial intelligence into the process of analyzing satellite images. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How Archaeologists Are Hunting History from Space," 7 Jan. 2020 The analysis uses the same methodology for calculating state and local minimum wages, and for identifying minimum wage workers, as in a previous analysis from April 2019. Ernie Tedeschi, New York Times, "Pay Is Rising Fastest for Low Earners. One Reason? Minimum Wages.," 3 Jan. 2020 The cultural and social human behavioural aspects viewed within the cause effect methodology of A/B testing helps explain many otherwise complex underlying phenomenons at play. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "What India’s startup bosses read in 2019 and how it helped them," 30 Dec. 2019 Recession The methodology of the Best Workplaces for Diversity list focuses on the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ workers, generational representation, and people who have disabilities. Nancy Ceseña, Fortune, "New Study Reveals That Diversity and Inclusion May Be the Key to Beating the Next Recession," 20 Dec. 2019 Under the new methodology, new test builds of Apple's future operating systems will turn certain features deemed to be buggy or to cause usability issues off by default. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its software," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Methodology.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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