pro·ce·dur·al | \prə-ˈsē-jə-rəl, -ˈsēj-rəl\

Definition of procedural 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to procedure especially : of or relating to the procedure used by courts or other bodies administering substantive law



Definition of procedural (Entry 2 of 2)

: a realist crime novel, film, or television drama with a specific focus a courtroom procedural especially : police procedural

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The procedural tactic requires a 60-vote threshold instead of a simple-majority vote. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Why Kyrsten Sinema could spurn Chuck Schumer," 3 July 2018 Eliza Collins reports on the developments to prevent House Democrats and some moderate Republicans from forcing a procedural motion on immigration. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "President Trump says he won't sign Speaker Ryan's immigration bill," 15 June 2018 As of now, there's no clear sign McCarthy -- or anyone else -- has locked in the 218 votes needed to succeed the Wisconsin Republican and the procedural motion to bounce Ryan from his post -- a motion to vacate -- is unlikely to have the support. Lauren Fox And Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Republicans rush to defend Ryan amid rebellion rumors," 22 May 2018 Lula’s defence team played for time, filing procedural motions at the appeal court and making its petition for habeas corpus to the STF. The Economist, "Lula goes to jail," 8 Apr. 2018 Clodfelter might be able to force a vote with a type of procedural motion. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Lawmaker: Don Shooter sex-harassment files may implicate other lawmakers, should be public," 26 Mar. 2018 Cruz appeared in court Monday for procedural motions related to the Valentine’s Day shooting. Marco Santana,, "Polk County Sheriff on arming teachers: 'OK, Einstein, you got a better idea?'," 19 Feb. 2018 On Friday night, Baldwin was among those voting to block a procedural motion that would have prevented the government from shutting down. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson vote to reopen government," 22 Jan. 2018 The procedural motion to advance the bill needed 60 votes to pass. Thomas Voting Reports, The Seattle Times, "How Your U.S. Lawmaker Voted," 20 Jan. 2018

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Lethal Weapon joins a retooled slate at Fox that focuses on broad comedy and procedurals. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lethal Weapon': Seann William Scott Replaces Clayne Crawford for Newly Ordered Season 3," 13 May 2018 Those circumstances led to a second career as a consultant on TV crime procedurals and the occasional, discrete freelance job helping the police with difficult cases. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Word Is Murder' is Anthony Horowitz at his ambitious best," 15 June 2018 Perrette, who has played beloved forensic specialist Abby Sciuto since the crime procedural was spun off from JAG, finished her run with last week's episode, which featured Abby leaving NCIS after the death of a colleague. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Pauley Perrette says she's been kept 'silent' about leaving 'NCIS,' tweets vaguely of crime," 14 May 2018 This Irish procedural follows a lawyer (Amy Huberman) who discovers that her fiancé is cheating on her and decides to upend her whole life — which includes establishing a new, quirkier law practice. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 29 Mar. 2018 Thus, most campaigns and congressional offices these days are more tightly scripted than a prime-time crime procedural on CBS. Graham Vyse, The New Republic, "How the Washington Press Fell in Love With John McCain," 25 May 2018 Alan Cumming is the draw in this rote CBS procedural, which gives him a lot of hats to wear and a license to be eccentric. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Instinct': TV Review," 16 Mar. 2018 All the elements are there, mostly because CBS knows how to do these efficient procedurals in its sleep. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Instinct': TV Review," 16 Mar. 2018 Ryan Murphy's high-class procedural climbed 50 percent among adults 18-49, averaging a 2.7 rating with live-plus-3 Nielsen adds. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings: '911' Premiere Pops With Streaming," 8 Jan. 2018

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1876, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined above

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pro·ce·dur·al | \prə-ˈsēj-(ə-)rəl \

Medical Definition of procedural 

: relating to or comprising memory or knowledge concerned with how to manipulate symbols, concepts, and rules to accomplish a task or solve a problem — compare declarative


pro·ce·dur·al | \prə-ˈsē-jə-rəl \

Legal Definition of procedural 

: of or relating to procedure sentence reversed as result of procedural error in sentencingNational Law Journal — compare substantive

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