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 Das Sarma says new theories developed over the past few years show that the methodology used in 2018 could not conclusively establish the presence of Majorana particles anyway. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All," 12 Feb. 2021 That’s because the methodology used by Apartment List seeks to find the most accurate median for all rentals, not just those available. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "How the Pandemic Blew Up Rents," 4 Feb. 2021 To see how WalletHub calculated out-of-pocket, health care and other costs, read the full methodology here. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Tobacco use costs a Georgia smoker $37,296 a year, analysis finds," 13 Jan. 2021 While unsavory, this methodology is also cost-effective and incredibly valuable for communities, according to Dr. Rose Nash, director of research and development for GT Molecular. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, "Colorado looks to wastewater for answers to COVID-19," 4 Jan. 2021 The methodology is limited because researchers using it need to know what DNA to look for. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Story of Mammoth Survival Is in the Soil," 1 Jan. 2021 The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "How safe is your hospital? These states rank best and worst for care.," 15 Dec. 2020 While the methodology may be modernizing, many young Indians still say the old measures of compatibility -- such as caste and complexion -- are discriminatory and need to go. Manveena Suri, CNN, "India's attitude to arranged marriage is changing. But some say not fast enough," 18 Nov. 2020 The new methodology for tracking sea level change could help insurance companies, real estate developers and city planners erecting tidal-defense systems. Jonathan Tirone, Anchorage Daily News, "Sea levels are rising faster than the most pessimistic of forecasts," 2 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Methodology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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