me·​thod·​i·​cal | \ mə-ˈthä-di-kəl How to pronounce methodical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly methodic \ mə-​ˈthä-​dik How to pronounce methodical (audio) \

Definition of methodical

1 : arranged, characterized by, or performed with method or order a methodical treatment of the subject
2 : habitually proceeding according to method : systematic methodical in his daily routine a methodical worker

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Other Words from methodical

methodically \ mə-​ˈthä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce methodical (audio) \ adverb
methodicalness \ mə-​ˈthä-​di-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce methodical (audio) \ noun

Examples of methodical in a Sentence

Their methodical review of the evidence exposed some problems with the study's findings. She's a slow and methodical worker, and her drawings reflect the extra care she takes.
Recent Examples on the Web The rest was absolutely methodical, painful, franchise building. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The Cleveland Browns make the playoffs, and no fans have earned a postseason more: Doug Lesmerises," 3 Jan. 2021 The Browns are fresh off a methodical dismantling of the Jets’ stadium mates, the Giants. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Do Browns have anything to prove against Jets?," 22 Dec. 2020 Stories like that have inspired researchers to begin investigating the effects of weighted blankets in a more methodical way. Popular Science, "What the science actually says about weighted blankets," 26 Jan. 2021 Indeed, the archive will allow scholars and critics to begin to consider Williams’ architecture in a methodical way. Los Angeles Times, "Pioneer of the L.A. look: Paul R. Williams wasn’t just ‘architect to the stars,’ he shaped the city," 14 Jan. 2021 Brady was methodical in the first half with 12 completions for 209 yards and wasn’t sacked until the final minute of the second quarter. oregonlive, "Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Washington Football Team in a wild card playoff game: Recap, score, stats and more," 9 Jan. 2021 The methodical, gut-wrenching way that Smiley takes down his adversary, Karla. Washington Post, "John le Carré didn’t just invent the characters in the foreground of the spy world. He designed the entire set.," 14 Dec. 2020 The expansion has been a long time coming for D.G. Yuengling, which has taken a slow and methodical approach to growth in its nearly two-century history. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Yuengling beer will be available in more states as part of new partnership with Molson Coors," 15 Sep. 2020 Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy are capable of methodical drives. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Three ways the Browns can upset the Chiefs, starting with controlling the ball -- by throwing it," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of methodical

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Feb 2021

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“Methodical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of methodical

: done by using a careful and organized procedure
: working in a very careful and organized way


me·​thod·​i·​cal | \ mə-ˈthä-di-kəl How to pronounce methodical (audio) \

Kids Definition of methodical

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

Other Words from methodical

methodically adverb

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