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orderly

[awr-der-lee] /ˈɔr dər li/
adjective
1.
arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence:
an orderly desk.
2.
observant of or governed by system or method, as persons or the mind.
3.
characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding:
an orderly assemblage of citizens.
4.
pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.
adverb
5.
methodically; regularly.
6.
according to established order or rule.
noun, plural orderlies.
7.
Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
8.
a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.
Origin of orderly
1470-1480
1470-80 as adv.; 1570-80 as adj.; 1795-1805 as noun; order + -ly
Related forms
orderliness, noun
unorderly, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. Orderly, methodical, systematic characterize that which is neat, in order, and planned. These three words are sometimes used interchangeably. However, orderly emphasizes neatness of arrangement: an orderly array of books. Methodical suggests a logical plan, a definite order of actions or method from beginning to end: a methodical examination. Systematic suggests thoroughness, an extensive and detailed plan, together with regularity of action: a systematic review.
Antonyms
1. chaotic, disorderly, haphazard.
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  • The world is pretty unanimous now in its belief in the orderliness of Nature.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • She was a model of orderliness, who kept her daughter's accounts with severe precision.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • An example must be made if we would have respect and orderliness from these men.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • If a man is thrifty it will find expression in the orderliness of his place.

  • There was a pleasing grace in the orderliness of their lives.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • The study of Variation had from the first shown that an orderliness of this kind was present.

  • He despised him also for the orderliness with which he did his official work.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • Her orderliness made him impatient, and his disorderliness drove her wild.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • He was by nature unmethodical and disorderly, and she supplied him with method and orderliness.

    Character Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for orderliness

orderly

/ˈɔːdəlɪ/
adjective
1.
in order, properly arranged, or tidy
2.
obeying or appreciating method, system, and arrangement
3.
harmonious or peaceful
4.
(military) of or relating to orders: an orderly book
adverb
5.
(rare) according to custom or rule
noun (pl) -lies
6.
(med) a male hospital attendant
7.
(military) a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer
Derived Forms
orderliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for orderliness

orderly

n.

"military attendant who carries orders," 1781, short for orderly corporal, etc. Extended 1809 to an attendant at a hospital (originally a military hospital) charged with keeping things in order and clean. See orderly (adj.).

orderly

adj.

"arranged in order," 1570s, from order (n.) + -ly (1).

orderly

adv.

late 15c., "in due order," from order + -ly (2).

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orderliness in Medicine

orderly or·der·ly (ôr'dər-lē)
n.
An attendant in a hospital.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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