ordered

adjective
or·dered | \ˈȯr-dərd \

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

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Poetry gives us a more ordered way—in gravity and weight—to understand and convey our emotions. David C. Ward, Smithsonian, "A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Wars," 27 Apr. 2017 This is the magical POLO BURGER (which is the most ordered item on the menu). Micaela English, Town & Country, "What's Actually On The Menu At The Polo Bar," 24 Feb. 2015 Christopher lives with most of the world’s noise shut out, in a neat and ordered universe of likes and dislikes. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time': Theater Review," 5 Aug. 2017 Poetry gives us a more ordered way—in gravity and weight—to understand and convey our emotions. David C. Ward, Smithsonian, "A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Wars," 27 Apr. 2017 That the loquacious, demonstrably bad Vargas doesn’t fit in this polite and ordered world is the point, just as Billy Bob Thornton’s angel of death Lorne Malvo stuck out like an ominous sore thumb in the first season. Richard Lawson, VanityFair.com, "Fargo Season 3 Has Its Flaws but Has Our Attention, Too," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ordered

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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ordered

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ordered

: carefully organized or controlled

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