me·​thod·​i·​cal mə-ˈthä-di-kəl How to pronounce methodical (audio)
variants or less commonly methodic
: arranged, characterized by, or performed with method or order
a methodical treatment of the subject
: habitually proceeding according to method : systematic
methodical in his daily routine
a methodical worker
methodically adverb
methodicalness noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of methodical was in 1570

Dictionary Entries Near methodical

Cite this Entry

“Methodical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


me·​thod·​i·​cal mə-ˈthäd-i-kəl How to pronounce methodical (audio)
: marked by or performed or arranged by method or order
a methodical search
: being in the habit of following a method : systematic
a methodical teacher
methodically adverb
methodicalness noun

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