from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A body of practices, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline or engage in an inquiry; a set of working methods.
  • noun The study or theoretical analysis of such working methods.
  • noun The branch of logic that deals with the general principles of the formation of knowledge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A branch of logic whose office it is to show how the abstract principles of the science are to be applied to the production of knowledge; the doctrine of definition and division; in a broader sense, the science of method in scientific procedure.
  • noun A treatise on method.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The science of method or arrangement; a treatise on method.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The study of methods used in a field.
  • noun proscribed A collection of methods, practices, procedures and rules used by those who work in some field.
  • noun The implementation of such methods etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of philosophy that analyzes the principles and procedures of inquiry in a particular discipline
  • noun the system of methods followed in a particular discipline


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From method + -ology


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