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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The signature of one of the letters which he was methodically folding, caught her attention.

    The Missioner E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Daily, as methodically as a milkwagon horse, he covered the same route.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • And quietly and methodically, like a respectable wolf settling on the trail of a Red Riding Hood, he prepared to pursue.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • But David counted out his debt to her methodically, with the accrued interest.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Loder methodically mixed his own drink and lifted the glass.

    The Masquerader Katherine Cecil Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for methodically


characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Forms
methodically, adverb
methodicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodically



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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