pro·​ce·​dur·​al | \ prə-ˈsē-jə-rəl How to pronounce procedural (audio) , -ˈsēj-rəl \

Definition of procedural

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: 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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Other Words from procedural


procedurally adverb

Examples of procedural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Lake County Council will consider a mask mandate for Lake County students recommended by Lake County Health Officer Dr. Chandana Vavilala at its September meeting — but the potential order could face a procedural hurdle. Alexandra Kukulka,, 30 Aug. 2021 Approval of the budget would shield the follow-on legislation from Republican filibusters, procedural delays that kill bills., 10 Aug. 2021 Approval of the budget would shield the follow-on legislation from Republican filibusters, procedural delays that kill bills. Alan Fram, ajc, 10 Aug. 2021 The Senate is currently considering a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that is supported by members of both parties, and cleared a procedural hurdle Sunday night that tees up a vote on final passage early this week. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 Overcoming a 60-vote procedural hurdle Saturday with backing from 18 Republicans was a sign that the tenuous bipartisan alliance could hold on the public works package. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Aug. 2021 Republicans forced multiple procedural delays on the House floor to protest the new mask mandate. Annie Grayer, CNN, 31 July 2021 The Senate has cleared the first procedural hurdle toward enacting an expansive proposal to build and repair the nation’s roads, bridges and broadband internet networks. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 The Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle on Wednesday advancing the bipartisan infrastructure bill to debate after weeks of negotiations. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both drivers also stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators before being transported to a hospital to have a blood draw conducted, a standard procedural for any serious crash with injuries, Young said. Joelle Goldstein,, 15 Sep. 2021 Martin's Charles is a former TV star -- his history with a crime procedural comes in handy -- who has essentially become a recluse. Brian Lowry, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 The sixth and final season of Netflix's Lucifer premieres Sept. 10,star Tom Ellis and co-showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich revealed during the fantasy procedural's Comic-Con@Home panel Saturday. Christian Holub,, 25 July 2021 After the season 11 finale on May 15, 2021, fans have been itching for news from their procedural. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 16 July 2021 Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the standout protagonist of this steampunk procedural set in an alternate 1912 Cairo, where djinn and mechanical angels live alongside humans. Sadie Gennis, Vulture, 8 July 2021 The show has always been a strange hybrid of a standalone procedural and serialized, deep mythology. Alamin Yohannes,, 5 June 2021 Pairing Peters' bright-eyed outsider with Winslet's dour local suggests a spiky procedural. Darren Franich,, 15 Apr. 2021 The medical procedural is renewed through Season 8. oregonlive, 18 May 2021

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1876, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Procedural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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pro·​ce·​dur·​al | \ prə-ˈsēj-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce procedural (audio) \

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 How to pronounce procedural (audio) \

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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