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methodology

[meth-uh-dol-uh-jee]
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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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Related Words for methodologies

technique, mode, procedure, style, process, practice, program, design, plan, way, approach, manner

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British Dictionary definitions for methodologies

methodology

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 methodologies

methodology

n.

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

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