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or methodic

[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.
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
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  • No one has attempted the methodical preparation of the individual for the sensations.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • The actions of the mothers were as methodical as well trained nurses.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • The old woman went about her duties in a methodical way, finding a kind of relief in the occupation.

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
  • The daily routine of the mission station is most methodical.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Usually he was the most quiet and methodical of servants, but he had blundered several times in the service.

    With Wolfe in Canada G. A. Henty
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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