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orderly

[awr-der-lee] /ˈɔr dər li/
adjective
1.
arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence:
an orderly desk.
2.
observant of or governed by system or method, as persons or the mind.
3.
characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding:
an orderly assemblage of citizens.
4.
pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.
adverb
5.
methodically; regularly.
6.
according to established order or rule.
noun, plural orderlies.
7.
Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
8.
a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80 as adv.; 1570-80 as adj.; 1795-1805 as noun; order + -ly
Related forms
orderliness, noun
unorderly, adjective
Synonyms
1,2. Orderly, methodical, systematic characterize that which is neat, in order, and planned. These three words are sometimes used interchangeably. However, orderly emphasizes neatness of arrangement: an orderly array of books. Methodical suggests a logical plan, a definite order of actions or method from beginning to end: a methodical examination. Systematic suggests thoroughness, an extensive and detailed plan, together with regularity of action: a systematic review.
Antonyms
1. chaotic, disorderly, haphazard.
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British Dictionary definitions for orderly

orderly

/ˈɔːdəlɪ/
adjective
1.
in order, properly arranged, or tidy
2.
obeying or appreciating method, system, and arrangement
3.
harmonious or peaceful
4.
(military) of or relating to orders: an orderly book
adverb
5.
(rare) according to custom or rule
noun (pl) -lies
6.
(med) a male hospital attendant
7.
(military) a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer
Derived Forms
orderliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for orderly
adv.

late 15c., "in due order," from order + -ly (2).

n.

"military attendant who carries orders," 1781, short for orderly corporal, etc. Extended 1809 to an attendant at a hospital (originally a military hospital) charged with keeping things in order and clean. See orderly (adj.).

adj.

"arranged in order," 1570s, from order (n.) + -ly (1).

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orderly in Medicine

orderly or·der·ly (ôr'dər-lē)
n.
An attendant in a hospital.

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