methodical

[muh-thod-i-kuhl]
adjective
1.
performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly: a methodical person.
2.
painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Also, methodic.


Origin:
1560–70; methodic (< Latin methodic(us) < Greek methodikós; see method, -ic) + -al1

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.
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methodical or methodic (mɪˈθɒdɪkəl)
 
adj
characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
 
methodic or methodic
 
adj
 
me'thodically or methodic
 
adv
 
me'thodicalness or methodic
 
n

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Word Origin & History

methodical
1560s, from methodic (1540s), from M.Fr. methodique, from L.L. methodicus, from Gk. methodikos, from methodos (see method). Related: Methodically.
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Example sentences
Officers started methodically pulling clenched bodies from the group, one after
  another, and led the arrested out of park.
She was methodically shooting those that had the best chance at getting to her
  next.
Credit evaluations for mortgage applicants are often methodically carried out
  using tax returns.
Rice's breakthrough is based on conventional bulk fluid industry processes,
  methodically adapted over a nine-year period.
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