procedural

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

procedural

noun

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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Adjective

procedurally adverb

Examples of procedural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The justices could rule for Google on procedural grounds and decline to decide the issue of API copyrights at all. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google’s Supreme Court faceoff with Oracle was a disaster for Google," 8 Oct. 2020 The grassroots group contested the Kilgore expansion before the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, but that industry-centric panel rejected the challenge on procedural grounds last month, enabling Kilgore to move forward. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Can gravel mining and world-class cherry orchards coexist in Utah?," 4 Oct. 2020 Earlier this week six Republicans, including Collins, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan and Gardner, joined Democrats in a procedural vote to try to protect it, a sign of how vulnerable the senators feel on the issue. Anchorage Daily News, "Republicans face a reckoning in the election over Trump’s virus strategy," 3 Oct. 2020 The council voted on the same measure in August, with the same 4-1 result, but Little later challenged the move on procedural grounds, saying the measure needed to be approved with a public reading followed by a vote at the following meeting. Tim Lockette The Anniston Star, al, "Black city councilman fights removal of Anniston Confederate monument," 16 Sep. 2020 Columbia has contested the case based on procedural grounds. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Former New York gynecologist charged with sexually abusing six patients," 10 Sep. 2020 Columbia and the hospital system have contested the suit on procedural grounds. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "New York gynecologist charged with six federal sex abuse counts," 9 Sep. 2020 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the bill isn't perfect, but added that a procedural vote on the measure could come as early as this week. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "‘The scale of this disaster really can't be expressed in words’," 8 Sep. 2020 In October 2019, Livingston filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, which was dismissed on procedural grounds in June, court records show. Washington Post, "Since 2015, police have fatally shot nearly 250 women. Like Taylor, 89 of them were killed at homes or residences where they sometimes stayed.," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the notion of teenagers and young adults creating and sharing digital content about a CBS crime procedural that premiered in 2005 shouldn't be written off as a humorous novelty. Tracy Brown, Star Tribune, "'Criminal Minds' finds new life on TikTok," 15 Sep. 2020 But the notion of teenagers and young adults creating and sharing digital content about a CBS crime procedural that premiered in 2005 shouldn't be written off as a humorous novelty. Tracy Brown, Star Tribune, "'Criminal Minds' finds new life on TikTok," 15 Sep. 2020 But the notion of teenagers and young adults creating and sharing digital content about a CBS crime procedural that premiered in 2005 shouldn't be written off as a humorous novelty. Tracy Brown, Star Tribune, "'Criminal Minds' finds new life on TikTok," 15 Sep. 2020 But the notion of teenagers and young adults creating and sharing digital content about a CBS crime procedural that premiered in 2005 shouldn't be written off as a humorous novelty. Tracy Brown, chicagotribune.com, "TikTok teens are obsessed with ‘Criminal Minds.’ They may change TV fandom forever," 26 Aug. 2020 After premiering in 2005, this beloved crime procedural that follows the FBI's Behavior Analysis Unit bit the dust. Glamour, "Canceled TV Shows 2020: The Full List," 9 July 2020 Contemporary TV shows are all about keeping viewers coming back for more with cliffhangers or deft character work, but the original Perry Mason is a procedural in the purest sense. Sabienna Bowman, refinery29.com, "Sorry, Grandpa: HBO’s New Perry Mason Totally Changes The Original," 20 June 2020 Sure, now that TV execs are bringing back everything from Full House to Twin Peaks, why not do a gritty reboot of your grandparents’ favorite procedural? Judy Berman, Time, "Cops Is History, Long Live the Detective Show," 11 June 2020 Even one of television’s most popular medical procedurals, Grey’s Anatomy, is donating masks and gowns in an effort to make sure that everyone working to fight the virus can also protect themselves in the process. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Pornhub Is Helping With Coronavirus Relief Efforts In An Unexpected Way," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of procedural

Adjective

1876, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of procedural was in 1876

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23 Oct 2020

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“Procedural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procedural. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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procedural

adjective
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

procedural

adjective
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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procedurally adverb

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