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methodology

[meth-uh-dol-uh-jee] /ˌmɛθ əˈdɒl ə dʒi/
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.
  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.
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
1790-1800; < Neo-Latin methodologia. See method, -o-, -logy
Related forms
methodological
[meth-uh-dl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛθ ə dlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun
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Examples from the web for methodology
  • The basic methodology is simple.
  • The methodology seems to be completely flawed.
  • And that is the primary methodology by which we will read text-based objects.
  • My comment was a narrow observation about scientific methodology in two cases.
  • The companies that run these sites offer a simple explanation: We employ better methodology than the competition.
  • They also questioned his methodology.
  • Get an expert panel to monitor their data, methodology and claims.
  • Slightly compensating for that factor is another change in methodology.
  • Any discipline which follows the methodology becomes de facto a science.
  • The department has disputed the methodology of the survey.
British Dictionary definitions for methodology

methodology

/ˌmɛθəˈdɒlədʒɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
methodological (ˌmɛθədəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodology
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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methodology in Technology

1. An organised, documented set of procedures and guidelines for one or more phases of the software life cycle, such as analysis or design. Many methodologies include a diagramming notation for documenting the results of the procedure; a step-by-step "cookbook" approach for carrying out the procedure; and an objective (ideally quantified) set of criteria for determining whether the results of the procedure are of acceptable quality.
An example is The Yourdon methodology.
2. A pretentious way of saying "method".
(1995-04-10)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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