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arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence: an orderly desk.
observant of or governed by system or method, as persons or the mind.
characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding: an orderly assemblage of citizens.
pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.
methodically; regularly.
according to established order or rule.
noun, plural orderlies.
Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.

1470–80 as adv.; 1570–80 as adj.; 1795–1805 as noun; order + -ly

orderliness, noun
unorderly, adjective

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.

1. chaotic, disorderly, haphazard.
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orderly (ˈɔːdəlɪ)
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
5.  rare according to custom or rule
n , -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

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Word Origin & History

1477, "in due order," from order (q.v.). As a noun meaning "military attendant who carries orders" it is first attested 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.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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