procedural

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adjective

pro·​ce·​dur·​al prə-ˈsē-jə-rəl How to pronounce procedural (audio)
-ˈsēj-rəl
: of or relating to procedure
especially : of or relating to the procedure used by courts or other bodies administering substantive law
procedurally adverb

procedural

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noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Derek Chauvin, a former police officer convicted for killing George Floyd, is asking an appeals court to throw out his conviction, citing alleged legal and procedural errors. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2023 An attorney for Derek Chauvin asked an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the former Minneapolis police officer's convictions in the murder of George Floyd, arguing that legal and procedural errors deprived him of a fair tria ... Steve Karnowski, ajc, 18 Jan. 2023 An attorney for Derek Chauvin asked an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the former Minneapolis police officer’s convictions in the murder of George Floyd, arguing that legal and procedural errors deprived him of a fair trial. Steve Karnowski, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2023 An attorney for Derek Chauvin asked an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the former Minneapolis police officer’s convictions in the murder of George Floyd, arguing that legal and procedural errors deprived him of a fair trial. Steve Karnowski, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2023 Title 42 lets the federal government bypass usual procedural requirements during a public-health emergency to expel migrants, including many asylum seekers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2023 Filmed in Jordan by an Iranian filmmaker for a Danish production company, this Persian language film is partly a crime procedural and partly an examination of the systemic mistreatment of women in Iran. Scott Phillips, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 The appellate ruling last week was unanimous -- and procedural. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 19 Dec. 2022 This Japanese dramedy thriller is looking to find the sweet spot between two of the most evergreen TV genres: true crime and procedural. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Oct. 2022
Noun
This crime procedural has received many award nominations, and Pullman's impressive acting skills are just one highlight. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2022 Rather than action, or the usual beats of the procedural, the film’s dramatic engine could come from a cat-and-mouse courtship, cloaked in mutual suspicion but overwhelming natural chemistry. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2022 Lyonne, whose career has spanned more than three decades, is starring in the upcoming TV series Poker Face, Rian Johnson’s new detective procedural, and is coming off of the second season of Russian Doll. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Nov. 2022 The last inarguable procedural to get a Drama Ensemble nomination from SAG was the Kings' own The Good Wife, which spent a few years in the Boston Legal lawyer-show slot before Netflix crowded that slot into extinction. Darren Franich, EW.com, 6 Dec. 2022 The show operates as a kind of Swiss army procedural, and each episode has the potential to ricochet in just about any direction. Joshua Alston, Variety, 19 Sep. 2022 Many of the fan-favorite characters have reunited for this new iteration of the procedural. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 24 Nov. 2022 The film — based on their book of the same title — is sensible, dutiful and, thanks to key performances, more engaging than the average newsroom procedural. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2022 To be a network police or medical procedural in the past decade is to want for a companion series. Joshua Alston, Variety, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1876, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of procedural was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Procedural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procedural. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

procedural

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

Legal Definition

procedural

adjective
pro·​ce·​dur·​al prə-ˈsē-jə-rəl How to pronounce procedural (audio)
: of or relating to procedure
sentence reversed as result of procedural error in sentencingNational Law Journal
compare substantive
procedurally adverb

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