meth·​od·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌme-thə-ˈdä-lə-jē \
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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Memory is an important aspect of Tajer’s methodology; his mission is to coax ideas and feelings into the real world, to translate the abstract into something material. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Casablanca, a New Menswear Line From Paris, Serves Up High Style With Après-Sport Ease," 30 Oct. 2018 According to the project methodology, researchers selected 40 accounts that showed hateful conduct, and then algorithmically generated a larger dataset of related accounts. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "A new project is trying to track hateful users’ activity on Twitter," 15 Oct. 2018 If the methodology is accurate, the list price will come close to what the house would sell for on the open market anyway. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "New home flipping platform sells to the first bidder, not the highest," 19 Sep. 2018 See their responses below, and scroll down for an explanation of SurveyMonkey’s methodology and a complete breakdown of the results. Eliza Berman, Time, "Americans Have Really Complicated Feelings About the Oscars This Year, According to a New Survey," 1 Mar. 2018 That methodology allows the employee to maintain their feeling of competence and grow confidence. The Seattle Times, "Leadership coaching for organizational success," 14 Nov. 2018 While the government hasn’t made the specific methodology used to calculate scores public, one’s ranking can fall for both major and minor infractions. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, there is no way to determine a comprehensive count of every child who may have autism, so even the rigorous methodology used in this study may miss some kids. Kate Wallis,, "A pediatrician on what the new autism numbers mean for Philadelphia parents," 1 May 2018 The non-jury trial before Judge Thomas Turner in Orange Circuit Court began Monday as Disney disputes Singh’ methodology for calculating the value of the 1,197-room sister hotels that were built in 1990, court records show. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney is fighting in court over taxes this week," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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