meth·​od·​ol·​o·​gy ˌme-thə-ˈdä-lə-jē How to pronounce methodology (audio)
plural methodologies
: 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 methodologyBob Samples
: 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 Although one cryptographer uploaded a video rundown of their methodology to YouTube in 2020, the team’s new whitepaper further shows just how much work went into accomplishing their feat. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 4 Apr. 2024 Now, there are concerns that the school system’s new methodology doesn’t fully capture how much need is on a campus, and schools that need additional federal funding may not get it. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 To tackle this, CTOs must focus on core customer needs and adopt lean development methodologies, such as Agile or Scrum, to maximize the efficiency of available resources. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Hospitals pushed back on the report’s methodology, which didn’t include categories of community spending like medical research and staff training. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, 27 Mar. 2024 There has been no peer review of the specific methodology the company uses, says Ekeland, nor is there any standards body for the blockchain forensics industry. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Our analysis came with no further methodology or statistical procedure. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Comscore has been working for months to win backing from the MRC, an independent industry organization that scrutinizes various measurement methodologies and whose support is viewed as crucial by many large advertisers that spend millions of dollars on TV. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 20 Mar. 2024 Here are ConsumerAffairs' top 10 states for singles to call home in 2024: New York Alaska New Jersey Massachusetts Illinois Oregon Washington Pennsylvania Minnesota Wisconsin Click here to check out ConsumerAffairs' complete rankings and methodology. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History


New Latin methodologia, from Latin methodus + -logia -logy

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of methodology was in 1800

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“Methodology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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