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 As businesses in the Southeast Asian nation look to reopen, a nationwide testing strategy is being developed, marking a further tightening in the stance of a country that until now has relied more on methodical contact tracing. Faris Mokhtar,, "Singapore Sees Global Shortage of Virus Testing Kits, Materials," 5 May 2020 Throughout, supporting characters feel more like puzzle pieces to be fitted together than human beings, but there's enough development to flesh out the methodical story arcs. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great': TV Review," 1 May 2020 In taking an approach that Holcomb described as methodical, the state will be in a position to begin helping Hoosiers' pocketbooks but still retain flexibility to hit pause if the coronavirus comes roaring back. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'A little bit of science' and 'a little bit of art': Holcomb gives plan to reopen Indiana," 1 May 2020 That’s what many researchers developing more methodical investigations of COVID-19 treatments want to avoid. Popular Science, "Rogue hydroxychloroquine use is disrupting important COVID-19 clinical trials," 16 Apr. 2020 There are no surprises, only a methodical efficiency that comes from years of practice at actual sewing rather than sewing machine repair. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 But as Covid-19 has snowballed into a global crisis, health care’s normally methodical approach to new technology has been hijacked by demands that are plainly more pressing. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "STAT’s guide to how hospitals are using AI to fight Covid-19," 31 Mar. 2020 Verily pursues sensitive, methodical projects with advanced engineering. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Wired, "Google Will Not Save Us From Coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 Cincinnati Christian struggled to create shots early against the disciplined and methodical Jackson Center defense. Alex Harrison,, "OHSAA tournaments: Cincinnati Christian basketball's season ends. Here's what happened," 11 Mar. 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 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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