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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Her dismiss-and-disarm methodology was equally extraordinary. Lorraine Ali,, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is going to be one tough act to follow," 1 July 2019 Morningstar has been working on ways to tweak its methodologies for several years, the people familiar with the matter said. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Morningstar Overhauls Influential Ratings System," 28 June 2019 And its methodology, then and now, is a mind-boggling train wreck. Marc Silver, Washington Post, "ABC’s ‘Press Your Luck’ reboot could use a fresh spin," 17 June 2019 Various other aspects of their methodology also differed from Schamel’s, but in both cases, all parameters other than the duration of the binding were held constant. Quanta Magazine, "Immune Cells Measure Time to Identify Foreign Proteins," 3 June 2019 DiCamillo worked for the Field Poll before moving to the Berkeley institute and said that, while the polls used differently methodologies, the wording of the death penalty questions on the two polls was identical. Phil Willon,, "Poll finds Californians support the death penalty — and Newsom’s moratorium on executions," 17 June 2019 DiCamillo worked for the Field Poll before moving to the Berkeley institute and said that, while the polls used differently methodologies, the wording of the death penalty questions on the two polls was identical. Phil Willon, The Mercury News, "California poll: Keep the death penalty, limit executions," 17 June 2019 But consider this: In 1980, the city was home to 23 Fortune 500 companies (adjusted for the current methodology, which changed in 1994). Joan Niesen,, "St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup Parade Felt Like Redemption," 16 June 2019 The reporters provided details of their analysis to justify their conclusion, and their methodology (which Dr. Frazier’s lawyers contest) is readily found using a Google search. Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books, "Medicine in the Gray Zone," 9 May 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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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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