procedure

[pruh-see-jer]
noun
1.
an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
2.
a particular course or mode of action.
3.
any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, especially litigation and judicial proceedings.
4.
Computers.
a.
the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
b.
Also called subprogram. a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.

Origin:
1605–15; < French procédure. See proceed, -ure


1. management. 2. operation, maneuver, transaction. See process.
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procedure (prəˈsiːdʒə)
 
n
1.  a way of acting or progressing in a course of action, esp an established method
2.  the established mode or form of conducting the business of a legislature, the enforcement of a legal right, etc
3.  computing another name for subroutine
 
pro'cedural
 
adj
 
pro'cedurally
 
adv

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procedure
1611, "fact or manner of proceeding," from Fr. procédure "manner of proceeding" (1197), from O.Fr. proceder (see proceed). Meaning "method of conducting business in Parliament" is from 1839. First appearance of procedural is 1889.
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procedure pro·ce·dure (prə-sē'jər)
n.

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

  2. A surgical operation or technique.

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Example sentences
They argued that experimental drugs and procedures were not covered by their
  policies because they had not been deemed effective.
Knowledge of budget preparation and accounting principles and procedures.
The root problem, in my opinion, about airport security is the whole concept of
  vigilance through procedures.
Presidential candidates must address unneeded medical technology and procedures
  as part of health care reform.
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