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noun, plural meth·od·ol·o·gies.
  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.
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Origin of methodology

From the New Latin word methodologia, dating back to 1790–1800. See method, -o-, -logy
Related formsmeth·od·o·log·i·cal [meth-uh-dl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛθ ə dlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivemeth·od·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbmeth·od·ol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Progress, then, is not a "natural" fact, but a methodological one.

    A Grammar of Freethought

    Chapman Cohen

  • Under such circumstances it is utterly impossible from a methodological standpoint to regard them otherwise than identical.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3

    Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.

  • Examine the methodological relations between Definition, Classification and Nomenclature.


    Carveth Read

  • Hence these principles carry their recommendation directly in themselves, and not merely as methodological devices.

  • A big part of the difference is methodological, rather than inherent in the nature of the phenomena themselves.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for methodological


noun plural -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
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Derived Formsmethodological (ˌmɛθədəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivemethodologically, adverbmethodologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodological


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

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

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