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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Word Origin & History

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

methodological
1849, from methodology + -ical.
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Example sentences
Human exigencies would preempt methodological imperatives and vaulting
  aspirations.
These studies tend to suffer from the same methodological limitations, however.
But all the studies suffered methodological weaknesses aside from the small
  sample size.
The week connection between physics and astronomy seems to indicate some
  methodological failure.
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