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noun, plural ter·mi·nol·o·gies.
  1. the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject; nomenclature: the terminology of botany.
  2. the science of terms, as in particular sciences or arts.
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Origin of terminology

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin termin(us) term + -o- + -logy
Related formster·mi·no·log·i·cal [tur-muh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɜr mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveter·mi·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverbter·mi·nol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples of terminological

  • He got out of the difficulty by calling it a "terminological inexactitude."

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat

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


    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • The wisdom of such a terminological expedient is, of course, not in question here.

  • 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 plural -gies
  1. the body of specialized words relating to a particular subject
  2. the study of terms
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Derived Formsterminological (ˌtɜːmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveterminologically, adverbterminologist, noun

Word Origin for terminology

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).

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