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methodical

[muh-thod-i-kuh l] /məˈθɒd ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly:
a methodical person.
2.
painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.
Also, methodic.
Origin of methodical
1560-1570
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
Synonyms
1. precise. See orderly.
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Examples from the Web for methodical
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  • 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.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • The daily routine of the mission station is most methodical.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Realize it thoroughly: it is a methodical not an accidental world.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
British Dictionary definitions for methodical

methodical

/mɪˈθɒdɪkəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
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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.

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