or·​dered ˈȯr-dərd How to pronounce ordered (audio)
: characterized by order: such as
: marked by regularity or discipline
led an ordered life
: marked by regular or harmonious arrangement or disposition
an ordered landscape
the ordered crystal structure
: having elements arranged or identified according to a rule: such as
: having the property that every pair of different elements is related by a transitive relationship that is not symmetric
: 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 An increasingly common feature of the modern economy’s on-line shopping experience is rapid delivery of ordered merchandise. Harry G. Broadman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 But the big, encompassing categories are there, as well as the overriding devotion to the American way, and in particular the ordered liberty favored by our Founding Fathers. The Editors, National Review, 16 Oct. 2023 Until Monday’s ordered disclosure, the minors had been granted wide protections to safeguard their privacy — including being anonymous in all filings. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 So, yes, writing draws on the empathetic, imaginative faculties, which feed into fantasy and, in a more ordered and disciplined way, into fiction and painting and film and so on. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 3 Sep. 2023 The concept of entropy describes a system’s tendency to move from order toward disorder, because there are so many more ways for a disordered state to exist than an ordered state. Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2023 For new single-aisle aircraft with 125 seats or more ordered starting in 2033 or delivered starting in 2035, fully-accessible lavatories will be required. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 There have been no groundbreaking works of free-market economics and, other than George Will’s Conservative Sensibility, no major text making the case for ordered liberty. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 22 July 2023 Abraham Lincoln’s ordered execution of 38 Indigenous men following the Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, a six-week conflict against white settlers after the U.S. broke a promise to deliver food and supplies to local tribes in exchange for the surrender of tribal land. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ordered was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ordered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordered. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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or·​dered ˈȯrd-ərd How to pronounce ordered (audio)
: carefully regulated or managed
led an ordered life
an ordered landscape
: having the property that for any two different elements a and b either a is greater than b or a is less than b
the set of real numbers is ordered
: having elements labeled by ordinal numbers
an ordered pair has a first and a second element
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