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.
Recent Examples on the Web The source who said the information was handed over to the FDA last week, agreed with Califf that the agency is going to be very methodical about reviewing the data. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "It took AstraZeneca researchers 1 month to get vaccine trial data to FDA, source tells CNN," 14 Oct. 2020 The Bills tied it up with a methodical 15-play drive by converting four third downs, taking advantage of a Titans’ defense playing a pair of rookies in end Larrell Murchison and cornerback Chris Jackson. Teresa M. Walker,, "Ryan Tannehill delivers 4 TDs as depleted Titans beat Bills 42-16," 14 Oct. 2020 Because the country was not caught in a space race, China was able to take a slow, methodical approach to human spaceflight, studying maneuvers like docking extensively before carrying them out. National Geographic, "How the 'right stuff' to be an astronaut has changed over the years," 7 Oct. 2020 California will begin to require counties to bring down coronavirus infection rates in disadvantaged communities that have been harder hit by the pandemic, a move that could slow the methodical reopening of the nation's most populous state. Amy Taxin And Brian Melley, USA TODAY, "California puts emphasis on 'equity' in coronavirus reopening rules, possibly slowing a return to business as usual," 2 Oct. 2020 The board had been using two separate search firms in its methodical approach to choosing her successor. Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, "How President Trump’s false claim of voter fraud is being used to disenfranchise Americans.," 30 Sep. 2020 But her new one is slower, more methodical and romantic than her previous books, yet still bears her touch of magical realism that has gained her a devoted fan base. Delfina V Barbiero, USA TODAY, "Review: 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' a fantastical new romance from V.E. Schwab," 7 Oct. 2020 The Longhorns seemed to have trouble with the speed of Tech’s offense – especially after opening the season with a more methodical UTEP team. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Longhorns hope to correct ‘very fixable’ tackling problems after disappointing performance in Big 12 opener," 30 Sep. 2020 There are reverberations from their duet, from the methodical opening steps to the circling pattern. New York Times, "‘Beau Travail’ Finds the Rhythm of Life (and Dances Away the Pain)," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of methodical

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Methodical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce methodical (audio)

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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