or·​der·​li·​ness | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē-nəs How to pronounce orderliness (audio) \

Definition of orderliness

: the quality or state of being orderly

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The forcible occupation of the legislature sent shock waves through this slick financial hub, known for its efficiency and orderliness. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong protesters take stock after arrests and China’s condemnation," 3 July 2019 Its very orderliness, unrevolutionary nature seems to have won the Velvet Revolution a solid chance of sustaining its success and building a fortress of democracy in a region dominated by antidemocratic regimes. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 All those vines stretching in tight formation across the floor and up the hills give Napa Valley an aura of orderliness as well as prosperity. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Divisive referendum seeks to limit vineyard growth in storied Napa Valley | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of orderliness

1571, in the meaning defined above

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