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[muh-thod-i-kuh l] /məˈθɒd ɪ kəl/
performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly:
a methodical person.
painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Also, methodic.
Origin of methodical
1560-70; methodic (< Latin methodic(us) < Greek methodikós; see method, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
antimethodic, adjective
antimethodical, adjective
antimethodically, adverb
antimethodicalness, noun
nonmethodic, adjective
nonmethodical, adjective
nonmethodically, adverb
nonmethodicalness, noun
premethodical, adjective
quasi-methodical, adjective
quasi-methodically, adverb
unmethodic, adjective
unmethodical, adjective
unmethodically, adverb
unmethodicalness, noun
1. precise. See orderly. Unabridged
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  • The methodic giver is “hard towards none, but is free towards all.”

  • He was methodic, guarded, and very cold in the presence of strangers.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • We must learn from Germany what methodic and organized work means.

  • He maintained his serenity, and calmly calculated pounds and shillings with all the methodic coolness of a banker's clerk.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • In all those preparations he forgot nothing, employing every minute of the few hours in a sort of methodic exaltation.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • Well for him his faith in astrology, for by it the Prince of India was able to hold him to methodic preparation.

  • Could any one imagine so many millions slipping through the fingers of M. de Thaller's methodic cashier?

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • He was fond of playing truant—declared, indeed, that he was about as methodic a truant as ever could have existed.

    Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp
  • As to death, the scientific mind dies at its post working in normal and methodic fashion to the end.

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for methodic


characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for methodic



1560s, with -al (1) and methodic (1540s), from Middle French methodique, from Late Latin methodicus, from Greek methodikos, from methodos (see method). Related: Methodically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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