Pronunciation: (meth"u-dol'u-jē), [key]
pl. -gies.

1. a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.
2. Philos.
a. the underlying principles and rules of organization of a philosophical system or inquiry procedure.
b. the study of the principles underlying the organization of the various sciences and the conduct of scientific inquiry.
3. Educ.a branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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