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 Bedding experts spent more than 1,200 hours evaluating and comparing mattresses using a 14-point testing methodology to find the best organic beds on the market. Jennifer Walker-journey, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 9 Best Organic Mattresses to Shop in 2021, According to Sleep Experts," 30 Apr. 2021 The methodology and weighting for this poll have been modified compared with CNN polls conducted before 2021. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Americans are divided on what causes problems in US elections," 30 Apr. 2021 The methodology for scoring hospitals recently changed, after a number of hospitals complained that the system wasn’t fair. Lisa Schencker,, "How do hospital ratings systems work?," 29 Apr. 2021 Under the double taxation methodology, the owner would be assessed a capital gains tax on the sale of stock as well as paying ordinary income tax rate on the salary earned. Lynn Mucenski Keck, Forbes, "Pass-Through Businesses Owners Should Monitor President Biden’s Tax Proposal Carefully," 28 Apr. 2021 But the data, released on Apr. 27, have no methodology attached. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "India’s Covid-19 vaccine program has glaring data and communication issues," 28 Apr. 2021 The overall methodology explores two main areas: real-estate markets (50%) and economic health (50%). David M. Ewalt, WSJ, "See the Full Rankings for WSJ/Realtor’s Emerging Housing Markets Index," 27 Apr. 2021 That ranking methodology took into account factors such as job growth, income and housing accessibility. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah dominates list of best small cities to start a business," 24 Apr. 2021 One, that goes to the point that the organization has a better feel and methodology in spotting offensive talent. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys’ offensive bias is undeniable, but Dallas must use this NFL draft to change its defensive trajectory," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Methodology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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