or·​dered | \ ˈȯr-dərd How to pronounce ordered (audio) \

Definition of ordered

: characterized by order: such as
a : marked by regularity or discipline led an ordered life
b : marked by regular or harmonious arrangement or disposition an ordered landscape the ordered crystal structure
c : having elements arranged or identified according to a rule: such as
(1) : having the property that every pair of different elements is related by a transitive relationship that is not symmetric
(2) : having elements labeled by ordinal numbers an ordered triple has a first, second, and third element

Examples of ordered in a Sentence

an ordered sequence of events
Recent Examples on the Web The alternative to an ordered world, and to countries shouldering the cost of its defense, is the law of the jungle, where big countries can take territory, impose their rule and spread chaos at will. Richard Fontaine, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 The grammatical description of the sentence was the whole ordered sequence of layers. Geoffrey K. Pullum, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 The province has been transformed — not yet into a state but a place settling into ordered routines. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 Together, Number One and Number Three created an ordered list of arrivals that was maintained throughout the wait. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 Gravity in particular is the cosmic force that brings matter together into more compact, more ordered structures. Natalie Hamilton, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 Learning new ways to cope with her illness and the pressures related to having the world’s heaviest monkey wrench thrown into her ordered life will have a positive impact on her emotional health. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 While cities like San Francisco kept clearing sidewalks, Gov. Gavin Newsom preached hotel rooms for the most vulnerable and ordered state workers not to sweep many tents that sprung up along highways. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 May 2021 Your occasionally casual attitude toward possessions or money can be frustrating to more ordered people. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ordered

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ordered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordered. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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