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methodical

or methodic

[muh-thod-i-kuh l] /məˈθɒd ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly:
a methodical person.
2.
painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Origin of methodical
1560-1570
1560-70; methodic (< Latin methodic(us) < Greek methodikós; see method, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
antimethodic, adjective
antimethodical, adjective
antimethodically, adverb
antimethodicalness, noun
nonmethodic, adjective
nonmethodical, adjective
nonmethodically, adverb
nonmethodicalness, noun
premethodical, adjective
quasi-methodical, adjective
quasi-methodically, adverb
unmethodic, adjective
unmethodical, adjective
unmethodically, adverb
unmethodicalness, noun
Synonyms
1. precise. See orderly.
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  • The methodic giver is “hard towards none, but is free towards all.”

  • He was methodic, guarded, and very cold in the presence of strangers.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • We must learn from Germany what methodic and organized work means.

  • He maintained his serenity, and calmly calculated pounds and shillings with all the methodic coolness of a banker's clerk.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • In all those preparations he forgot nothing, employing every minute of the few hours in a sort of methodic exaltation.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • Well for him his faith in astrology, for by it the Prince of India was able to hold him to methodic preparation.

  • Could any one imagine so many millions slipping through the fingers of M. de Thaller's methodic cashier?

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • He was fond of playing truant—declared, indeed, that he was about as methodic a truant as ever could have existed.

    Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp
  • As to death, the scientific mind dies at its post working in normal and methodic fashion to the end.

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for methodic

methodical

/mɪˈθɒdɪkəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodic

methodical

adj.

1560s, with -al (1) and methodic (1540s), from Middle French methodique, from Late Latin methodicus, from Greek methodikos, from methodos (see method). Related: Methodically.

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