methodical

adjective
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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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, chicagotribune.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 After buying time with largely symbolic concessions, a methodical campaign was launched to break the back of the opposition. Fox News, "Hun Sen plays hardball to keep his grip on Cambodia," 31 July 2018 Despite his anarchistic impulses, Wojnarowicz was a methodical worker, a planner. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of methodical

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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methodical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of methodical

: done by using a careful and organized procedure
: working in a very careful and organized way

methodical

adjective
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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