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methodical

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adjective me·thod·i·cal \mə-ˈthä-di-kəl\

Simple Definition of methodical

  • : done by using a careful and organized procedure

  • : working in a very careful and organized way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of methodical

  1. 1 :  arranged, characterized by, or performed with method or order <a methodical treatment of the subject>

  2. 2 :  habitually proceeding according to method :  systematic <methodical in his daily routine>

methodically play \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
methodicalness play \-di-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of methodical in a sentence

  1. Their methodical review of the evidence exposed some problems with the study's findings.

  2. She's a slow and methodical worker, and her drawings reflect the extra care she takes.



1570

First Known Use of methodical

1570

Variants of methodical

also methodic play \-dik\

METHODICAL Defined for Kids

methodical

play
adjective me·thod·i·cal \mə-ˈthä-di-kəl\

Definition of methodical for Students

  1. 1 :  done or arranged in a planned way :  using a careful and orderly procedure <… he began a methodical search, back and forth across the property … — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

  2. 2 :  following a planned and orderly way of doing something especially out of habit <He was a slow and methodical worker.>

methodically adverb




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