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 Not much can stop or slow the methodical pace of world shipping. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Essential, invisible: Covid has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea," 9 Apr. 2021 Dinkins’ climb to the pinnacle of city politics was slow and methodical, beginning with his 1965 election to the state Assembly. Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times, "David Dinkins, New York’s only Black mayor, dies at 93," 23 Nov. 2020 The Dons were methodical in building a 4-0 lead deep into the second quarter, and senior goalie Jack Webb stopped the home team’s first six shots. Glenn Graham,, "St. Paul’s lacrosse rallies to beat Loyola Blakefield in overtime, 9-8, on goal by Braeden Klausner," 13 Apr. 2021 The Beavers ran a methodical motion offense, designed to limit mistakes (and the margin of defeat). Chris Ballard, Los Angeles Times, "The SoCal night Gregg Popovich’s Hall of Fame career nearly died before it began," 25 Mar. 2021 Elizabeth, the elder, was obedient, shy, methodical, most at home in the country and most devoted to dogs and horses. Washington Post, "Before Harry and Meghan, the Windsor sisters stirred the pot. A new book delves into their story.," 12 Mar. 2021 Frustrated with the cops’ methodical approach, Klara takes matters into her own hands, and multiple body-slamming, limb-breaking, head-smashing beatdowns ensue. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Think of Netflix’s Sentinelle As John Wick on the Riviera," 12 Mar. 2021 Research is, by nature, methodical, and thus prone to move slowly and precisely. Afton Vechery, Fortune, "Why is women’s health still so under-researched?," 9 Mar. 2021 The Pioneers, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 7A, withstood early punches and a methodical attack from host Windermere in a Class 7A Region 2 semifinal Tuesday night, overcoming an early double-digit deficit to win 68-58. Steven Ryzewski,, "No. 1 Oak Ridge basketball rallies past Windermere in 7A," 23 Feb. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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