method-ology

methodology

[meth-uh-dol-uh-jee]
noun, plural methodologies.
1.
a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.
2.
Philosophy.
a.
the underlying principles and rules of organization of a philosophical system or inquiry procedure.
b.
the study of the principles underlying the organization of the various sciences and the conduct of scientific inquiry.
3.
Education. a branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Neo-Latin methodologia. See method, -o-, -logy

methodological [meth-uh-dl-oj-i-kuhl] , adjective
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun
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methodology (ˌmɛθəˈdɒlədʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  the system of methods and principles used in a particular discipline
2.  the branch of philosophy concerned with the science of method and procedure
 
methodological
 
adj
 
methodo'logically
 
adv
 
method'ologist
 
n

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methodology
1800, from Mod.L. methodologia; see method + -ology.
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