or·​der·​li·​ness ˈȯr-dər-lē-nəs How to pronounce orderliness (audio)
: the quality or state of being orderly

Examples of orderliness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most challenging aspects of OCD is the persistent and intrusive thoughts that often revolve around themes such as cleanliness, orderliness or fears of harm or contamination. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 Driving from site to site, Hirayama goes about his work with a precision that matches the orderliness of his home and his schedule. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 That sort of maniacal attention to detail may feel maddening to some viewers, but for fans there is an exquisite orderliness about the absurdity of Anderson’s miniature universe. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2023 Bernie detects in Eric’s spreadsheet orderliness the impact of dyslexia, but also of their upbringing. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 Paintings based on First Nations designs or beadwork also emulate the orderliness of Germany’s Bauhaus school and the Netherlands’ de Stijl movement. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 In Canada, a country known for its picturesque landscapes and orderliness, the out-of-control wildfires have stoked national anxiety. Vjosa Isai, New York Times, 7 June 2023 In a country known for its picturesque landscapes and orderliness, the out-of-control wildfires have stoked unease and underlined the perils of global warming. Dan Bilefsky, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2023 Emanuel can barely sit still; Japan prizes calm and orderliness. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 14 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orderliness was in 1571

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“Orderliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orderliness. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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