methodology

noun
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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Synonyms for methodology

Synonyms

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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On the one hand, Prince Harry's methodology does make sense; using unnecessary lights wastes electricity. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Even Meghan Markle Is Confused By This Habit of Prince Harry’s," 8 Nov. 2018 There’s a debate among academics about which methodology makes more sense. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace," 20 Oct. 2018 Their methodology: Try a basic cheeseburger plus one fancier wild-card burger at each place, along with French fries, onion rings (if available) and a chocolate shake. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 The move to outsource some of its original programming is a departure for the company, but the methodology is hardly new. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "A Brief History of MTV Trying to Make Old Hits New Again," 21 June 2018 The new methodology is variable, based on the domestic parts content of the top 40 percent of the model year’s eligible vehicles. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "3 of the top 10 most American-made vehicles are made in Illinois," 21 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The methodology is what led to Fairway's ranking by the 24/7 Wall St. website, which listed the richest small town in every state. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "The richest small town in Kansas? Site says it's this JoCo spot, but that's doubtful," 7 June 2018 The methodology for the ranking was relatively straightforward. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Rice University Students Named the Happiest in the Country," 6 Sep. 2016 Wehe research has been going on for a few years and is not limited to the US; more details about the methodology was published in this 2015 paper. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "How a phone app detected Sprint’s alleged throttling of Skype," 29 Nov. 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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methodology

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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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