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early 15c., "regular, systematic treatment of disease," from Latin methodus "way of teaching or going," from Greek methodos "scientific inquiry, method of inquiry, investigation," originally "pursuit, a following after," from meta- "after" (see meta-) + hodos "a traveling, way" (see cede). Meaning "way of doing anything" is from 1580s; that of "orderliness, regularity" is from 1610s. In reference to a theory of acting associated with Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky, it is attested from 1923.
method meth·od (měth'əd)
A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something.
Orderly arrangement of parts or steps to accomplish an end.
The procedures and techniques characteristic of a particular discipline or field of knowledge.