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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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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Other reports that employ different methodologies find a substantially larger amount of work among program recipients. New York Times, "Declaring War on Poverty ‘Largely Over,’ White House Urges Work Requirements for Aid," 12 July 2018 For more about the study, its methodology and limitations, visit Fiza Pirani, ajc, "5 things moms can do to reduce child obesity risk, according to a new study," 11 July 2018 However, as BuzzFeed’s critic and culture writer Alison Willmore has pointed out, the study’s methodology for attaining data was questionable. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Brie Larson Wants More Diverse Film Critics, Beyond Just “White Dudes”," 14 June 2018 Since the 2014 World Cup, Nielsen has adjusted its methodology to account for streaming viewers, an attempt to better capture the entire audience as digital and mobile options become more popular. Bloomberg, Fortune, "World Cup Ratings Are a Complete Nightmare for Fox and Comcast," 22 June 2018 In fact, the company plans to take this one step further, by collaborating with experts and then outsourcing its methodology so others in the travel and transportation industry can use it. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber Is Harnessing the Sexual Harassment Crisis to Rebuild Its Brand," 15 May 2018 While the Implicit Association Test is the most widely used way of measuring ingrained prejudice, critics say its methodology — testing how quickly a user associates certain words with certain groups — may not be reliable. NBC News, "How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers," 11 May 2018 Want to read the entire methodology and report in detail? Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Safest Countries in the World," 5 July 2018 While the methodologies were slightly different than the 2017 study, the rates of asthma were about the same in the previous surveys. Anne Saker,, "Survey: Cincinnati children dealing with asthma, ADHD more than at national level," 25 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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