Methodology vs Methodical - What's the difference?

methodology | methodical |


As a noun methodology

is the study of methods used in a field.

As an adjective methodical is

in an organized manner; proceeding with regard to method; systematic.

methodology

English

Noun

(wikipedia methodology) (methodologies)
  • The study of methods used in a field.
  • (proscribed) A collection of methods, practices, procedures and rules used by those who work in some field.
  • The implementation of such methods etc.
  • Usage notes

    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.

    Derived terms

    * methodological * methodologically

    methodical

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • In an organized manner; proceeding with regard to method; systematic.
  • Arranged with regard to method; disposed in a suitable manner, or in a manner to illustrate a subject, or to facilitate practical observation.
  • the methodical''' arrangement of arguments; a '''methodical treatise
  • * Addison
  • Methodical regularity.

    Synonyms

    * systematic