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[tur-muh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌtɜr məˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural terminologies.
the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject; nomenclature:
the terminology of botany.
the science of terms, as in particular sciences or arts.
Origin of terminology
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin termin(us) term + -o- + -logy
Related forms
[tur-muh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɜr mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for terminological
Historical Examples
  • The wisdom of such a terminological expedient is, of course, not in question here.

  • Its popular designation preserves its early ecclesiastical associations, though with some degree of "terminological inexactitude."

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Now, being a busy man, he gave little heed to the terminological convolutions of names among the British aristocracy.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur Louis Tracy
  • Not content with these "terminological inexactitudes," they went so far as to take a photograph to prove their contention.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • He got out of the difficulty by calling it a "terminological inexactitude."

    Private Peat Harold R. Peat
  • That record, sir, absolutely proves that this man deals in terminological inexactitudes.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • terminological parallels are especially convincing in such cases.

British Dictionary definitions for terminological


noun (pl) -gies
the body of specialized words relating to a particular subject
the study of terms
Derived Forms
terminological (ˌtɜːmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin terminus term, from Latin: end
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Word Origin and History for terminological



1801, from German Terminologie (1786), a hybrid coined by C.G. Schütz of Jena, from Medieval Latin terminus "word, expression" (see terminus) + Greek -logia "a dealing with, a speaking of" (see -logy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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