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[meth-uh-dol-uh-jee] /ˌmɛθ əˈdɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural methodologies.
a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.
  1. the underlying principles and rules of organization of a philosophical system or inquiry procedure.
  2. the study of the principles underlying the organization of the various sciences and the conduct of scientific inquiry.
Education. a branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.
Origin of methodology
1790-1800; < New Latin methodologia. See method, -o-, -logy
Related forms
[meth-uh-dl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛθ ə dlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for methodological
  • 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.
  • Honest engagement with a scientific community means putting your evidential and methodological cards on the table.
  • There's even something of a methodological similarity.
  • The computer not only served him in a methodological sense, but also as a source of direct inspiration.
  • Part of the difficulty is methodological, involving whose brains are being compared, and how.
  • Peer reviewers check for obvious anomalies, originality, and broad methodological weakness.
  • Notwithstanding the accolades awarded to this pioneering effort, it suffered from methodological weaknesses.
British Dictionary definitions for methodological


noun (pl) -gies
the system of methods and principles used in a particular discipline
the branch of philosophy concerned with the science of method and procedure
Derived Forms
methodological (ˌmɛθədəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodological

1828, from methodology + -ical. Related: Methodologically.



1800, from French méthodologie or directly from Modern Latin methodologia; see method + -ology.

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