Procedure vs Methodology - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between procedure and methodology

is that procedure is a particular method for performing a task while methodology is the study of methods used in a field.



  • A particular method for performing a task.
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  • A series of small tasks or steps taken to accomplish an end.
  • (label) The set of established forms or methods of an organized body for accomplishing a certain task or tasks.
  • The steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.
  • * (Isaac Taylor) (1787–1865)
  • Gracious procedures .
  • (label) That which results; issue; product.
  • (Bacon)
  • (label) A subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task.
  • (label) A surgical operation.
  • Synonyms

    * (method) algorithm, method, process, routine * (set of established forms or methods of an organized body) protocol * (computing) function, routine, sub, subroutine, method (although some of these have slightly differing meanings in some programming languages) * (medicine) operation


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    (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