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[pruh-see-jer] /prəˈsi dʒər/
an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
a particular course or mode of action.
any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, especially litigation and judicial proceedings.
  1. the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
  2. Also called subprogram. a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.
Origin of procedure
1605-15; < French procédure. See proceed, -ure
1. management. 2. operation, maneuver, transaction. See process. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for procedure
  • Routine blood tests and examination of the nervous system will be done before the procedure.
  • Here's the procedure on how this should be done.
  • However, it is an uncommon practice to photograph this procedure.
  • Nothing works until he figures out the proper procedure.
  • The technique of the procedure was at that time still rudimentary.
  • For parliamentary procedure is as much a part of the body of the law as civil or criminal procedure.
  • The entire procedure was over in 15 minutes.
  • But psychoanalysis, as this version of talk therapy became known, is an expensive procedure.
  • The whole procedure is extremely hazardous and toxic.
  • This is the same as above except for the procedure.
British Dictionary definitions for procedure


a way of acting or progressing in a course of action, esp an established method
the established mode or form of conducting the business of a legislature, the enforcement of a legal right, etc
(computing) another name for subroutine
Derived Forms
procedural, adjective
procedurally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for procedure

1610s, "fact or manner of proceeding," from French procédure "manner of proceeding" (c.1200), from Old French proceder "to proceed" (see proceed). Meaning "method of conducting business in Parliament" is from 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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procedure in Medicine

procedure pro·ce·dure (prə-sē'jər)

  1. A series of steps taken to accomplish an end.

  2. A surgical operation or technique.

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procedure in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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