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methodical

[muh-thod-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly: a methodical person.
  2. painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Also me·thod·ic.

Origin of methodical

1560–70; methodic (< Latin methodic(us) < Greek methodikós; see method, -ic) + -al1
Related formsme·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbme·thod·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·me·thod·ic, adjectivean·ti·me·thod·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·me·thod·i·cal·ness, nounnon·me·thod·ic, adjectivenon·me·thod·i·cal, adjectivenon·me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·thod·i·cal·ness, nounpre·me·thod·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-me·thod·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·thod·ic, adjectiveun·me·thod·i·cal, adjectiveun·me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·thod·i·cal·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. precise. See orderly.
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Examples from the Web for methodical

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Historical Examples

  • Do you think your habits are as precise and methodical as—shall I say as mine are?

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • 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.

  • The daily routine of the mission station is most methodical.

  • Realize it thoroughly: it is a methodical not an accidental world.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond


British Dictionary definitions for methodical

methodical

less commonly methodic

adjective
  1. characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Formsmethodically, adverbmethodicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for methodical

adj.

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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