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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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  • 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.
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  • Rice's breakthrough is based on conventional bulk fluid industry processes, methodically adapted over a nine-year period.
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  • That's because normally they use their higher memory capacity to methodically work through a problem.
  • They upgraded the power supply and methodically tracked the slightest variation in each diamond synthesis attempt.
  • But the book moves methodically and persuasively through the statistical evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for methodically


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



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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