- performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly: a methodical person.
- painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Origin of methodical
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1. precise. See orderly.
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Examples from the Web for methodical
Far from a rant, her tone throughout is cool and methodical, and her critiques are couched more in sorrow than in anger.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?
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The opening scene of the film illustrates the methodical and gruesome nature of the abuses.Whistleblower Exposes India’s Murderous Cops
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The yellow ticking clock that punctuates every episode of 24 is simultaneously bombastic, methodical, menacing, and relentless.‘Live Another Day’ Review: Can Jack Bauer Save ‘24’ From Itself?
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If Washington is to adopt a tougher stance toward Beijing, it needs a lot of methodical calculation.Time to Get Tough With China?
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It was thorough and methodical, like a medical examination: a routine in which a professional inspects the body of a patient.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
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Do you think your habits are as precise and methodical as—shall I say as mine are?Little Dorrit
It had been all the better for him had he learnt to be methodical with his money.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
The actions of the mothers were as methodical as well trained nurses.City of Endless Night
The daily routine of the mission station is most methodical.The Long Labrador Trail
Realize it thoroughly: it is a methodical not an accidental world.Pax Vobiscum
less commonly methodic
- characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
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Word Origin and History for methodical
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