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 Using Alibaba’s preferred non-GAAP methodology for calculating profitability, the quarter’s net earnings still dropped by 30%, from RMB45.1 billion to RMB30.2 or $4.52 billion. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 Neither the judge overseeing the case nor any prospective victims formally challenged the bank’s methodology. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 The data illustrating the turn are based on fresh methodology developed by the American Enterprise Institute’s Housing Center. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 The song also comes in at No. 2 for streaming (8,290,751 streams) and radio airplay, excelling in five metrics of the chart’s methodology. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 3 Aug. 2022 Read the full report and learn more about the project’s methodology at Brittany Bowker,, 2 Aug. 2022 Other experts have published critiques of Dr. Hanson’s methodology. New York Times, 27 July 2022 And yet, the Vikings’ shift hasn’t resembled several NFL teams’ recent methodology of change. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 But in a three-page letter Thursday to Petrelli, Altmaier raised questions about issues such as Demotech’s ratings methodology. Jim Saunders, Orlando Sentinel, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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“Methodology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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