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 Arizona answered with a methodical, clock-consuming drive. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 24 Oct. 2021 Nix then sealed the game in the fourth quarter, as Auburn put together a methodical 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that sapped 6:11 off the clock. Tom Green |, al, 16 Oct. 2021 But the Buccaneers responded with a methodical drive that milked the remaining 3:54 off the clock and put the game away. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Jesuit’s methodical game-winning drive covered 56 yards in five plays, four of them runs by Fitzgerald. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 1 Oct. 2021 Another methodical drive set up the kick by McPherson, who has the winners in two of Cincinnati's three wins., 1 Oct. 2021 West Salem then chose to punt on fourth-and-1 from its own 35, and the Timberwolves took advantage with another methodical scoring drive to go up 20-0 and put the game out of reach. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 After Allen Park stymied Woodhaven on its initial possession, the Jaguars put together a methodical 63-yard, 13-play TD drive capped by Gajewski’s 1-yard sneak with 2:19 left in the first. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2021 The clock management on the methodical 97-yard drive at the end of the first half was excellent. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021

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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.

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