or·​der·​li·​ness | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē-nəs \

Definition of orderliness

: the quality or state of being orderly

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The pound, seen as a barometer of sorts on the orderliness of Brexit talks, hasn’t rallied with any gusto in recent weeks despite a succession of announcements that a draft deal was imminent. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Investors Prepare for Another Brexit Surprise," 27 Nov. 2018 The universe is moving from low entropy (orderliness) to higher entropy (disorder) as time passes. Priyamvada Natarajan, WSJ, "‘The Order of Time’ Review: Stop All the Clocks," 1 June 2018 His paintings elicit a primordial desire for the organic orderliness of left-right, mirror-image balance. David Pagel, latimes.com, "For Tony Larson, building blocks of color add up to a much bigger picture," 27 Mar. 2018 Hunting for Lice’ probably contains a moral, as maternal care, orderliness and cleanliness were the ideal qualities of a good housewife. Kate Darnton, BostonGlobe.com, "Why do Americans freak out over lice?," 17 Mar. 2018 The Naked Man at first appears very orderly, but Wood overlaid the orderliness with random brushstrokes. Danny Wilcox Frazier, Smithsonian, "In Search of the Real Grant Wood," 21 Feb. 2018 Wood’s orderliness and his precision enabled him to boil down this feeling, to put it wordlessly on canvas. Danny Wilcox Frazier, Smithsonian, "In Search of the Real Grant Wood," 21 Feb. 2018 The orderliness of Chicago’s space spoke to the discipline required to produce works of art that are direct, personal and exposing. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Judy Chicago, the Godmother," 7 Feb. 2018 The vote’s orderliness stood in contrast to the chaotic clashes that accompanied October’s referendum, leaving hundreds hurt. Meg Bernhard, latimes.com, "Pro-independence parties in Spain's Catalonia claim victory in regional elections as the country faces new turmoil," 21 Dec. 2017

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1571, in the meaning defined above

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