methodology

[ meth-uh-dol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌmɛθ əˈdɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural meth·od·ol·o·gies.

a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.
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.
Education. a branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.

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Origin of methodology

From the New Latin word methodologia, dating back to 1790–1800. See method, -o-, -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM methodology

meth·od·o·log·i·cal [meth-uh-dl-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌmɛθ ə dlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivemeth·od·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbmeth·od·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for methodology

methodology
/ (ˌmɛθəˈdɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -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 of methodology

methodological (ˌmɛθədəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivemethodologically, adverbmethodologist, noun
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