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

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Gerstenmaier, who served at the agency since 1977, had been in charge of some of NASA’s most high-profile programs and is known as a steady and methodical force at the agency’s headquarters., "NASA shakes up staff as it scrambles to meet Trump moon mandate," 11 July 2019 Overshadowed in every way by his historically dominant and certifiably bonkers rotation mate Max Scherzer, Strasburg’s excellence has been more methodical. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Xander Bogaerts, Max Muncy among the biggest MLB All-Star Game snubs," 26 June 2019 Crowe, a world-class bellower, only occasionally flips the switch from whispery, methodical creepiness to full-on scenery chomping. Judy Berman, Time, "The Loudest Voice Shows Us What We Already Knew. That’s Not Redundant—It’s Exactly What We Need," 27 June 2019 Testimony from witnesses such as Hicks is one step in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's methodical approach to investigating Trump. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Trump aide Hope Hicks refusing to answer questions in House hearing," 19 June 2019 Testimony from witnesses such as Hicks is one step in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's methodical approach to investigating Trump. Laurie Kellman,, "Hope Hicks refuses to talk about Trump White House in interview with House committee," 19 June 2019 Testimony from witnesses like Hicks is one step in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s methodical approach to investigating Trump. Mary Clare Jalonick,, "Hope Hicks to meet with Judiciary panel behind closed doors," 19 June 2019 Authorities said Letourneau provided inmates methodical and detailed information regarding her whereabouts and routine. Natalie Weber, Houston Chronicle, "Spring man again charged with trying to have ex killed," 14 June 2019 Impeachment: Pelosi accuses Trump of an assault on democracy but says any impeachment decision must be 'methodical' Amash has stoked more talk about a third-party challenge to Trump in 2020. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump Jr. threatens to help challenge against Rep., Justin Amash, who supports impeachment," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of methodical

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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