- 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 methodically
Salvi then methodically riddled the rest of the room with bullets, wounding three other people in the clinic.The Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Protect Themselves
June 26, 2014
Since then, Jay has continued to methodically hone his technique and mentor a handful of candidates.The Mr. Miyagi of Wine Sommeliers
March 8, 2014
He detailed his troops to secure the apartment as they went, surgically, methodically, like all SEAL assaults.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah
November 11, 2013
He credits John Boehner with “quietly and methodically creating a bipartisan effort on immigration in the House.”Newt Gingrich: Republicans Can’t Win Just By Beating Up Hillary Clinton
March 26, 2013
Over a period of four hours, the Americans methodically slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese civilians.My Lai 45 Years Later—And the Unknown Atrocities of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
March 16, 2013
Slowly and methodically he was putting the dishes into the wooden sink.Tiverton Tales
All this he did, methodically, and with as loud and harsh an accompaniment of noise as he could make.A Tale of Two Cities
Slowly, methodically, step by step, the unusual had been taking place.
The work was very slow, but it was carried on steadily, methodically.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Methodically she folded the letter and returned it to its envelope.The Harbor of Doubt
less commonly methodic
- characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
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Word Origin and History for methodically
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