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[muh-thod-i-kuh l] /məˈθɒd ɪ kəl/
performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly:
a methodical person.
painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Also, methodic.
Origin of methodical
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
1. precise. See orderly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for methodical
  • None of this "research" and "studies" and "data." That's too methodical and scientific.
  • There is merit in a patient, inclusive, methodical approach.
  • It's quite flexible, but the way new things are done is methodical.
  • He appears quiet and methodical in his approach to governance.
  • This methodical transition is now looking too slow.
  • Fixing things suited his temperament: methodical, logical, exacting.
  • The only thing colorful about the methodical, old-school reporter is his first name.
  • Actually, for being in a creative field (music) I consider myself a very methodical person who works systematically.
  • Her method is discreet, methodical, informed and accurate.
  • Scrupulously methodical, Graham has filled about 2000 notebooks with a chronicle of his every meeting and activity.
British Dictionary definitions for methodical


characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodical

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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