methodology

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Etymology[edit]

From French méthodologie. Surface etymology is method + -ology

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methodology (plural methodologies)

  1. The study of methods used in a field.
  2. (proscribed) A collection of methods, practices, procedures and rules used by those who work in some field.
  3. The implementation of such methods etc.

Usage notes[edit]

Etymologically, methodology refers to the study of methods. Thus the use of methodology as a synonym for methods (or other simple terms such as means, technique, or procedure) is proscribed as both inaccurate and pretentious.

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