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.

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

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

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