- arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence: an orderly desk.
- observant of or governed by system or method, as persons or the mind.
- characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding: an orderly assemblage of citizens.
- pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.
- methodically; regularly.
- according to established order or rule.
- Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
- a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.
Origin of orderly
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Examples from the Web for orderliness
Swarms of police, gunfire, panic—all foreign to a city known for its quaint, Commonwealth style, still air, and orderliness.Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence
October 22, 2014
The world is pretty unanimous now in its belief in the orderliness of Nature.Pax Vobiscum
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
If a man is thrifty it will find expression in the orderliness of his place.Rural Life and the Rural School
There was a pleasing grace in the orderliness of their lives.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
- in order, properly arranged, or tidy
- obeying or appreciating method, system, and arrangement
- harmonious or peaceful
- military of or relating to ordersan orderly book
- rare according to custom or rule
- med a male hospital attendant
- military a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer
Word Origin and History for orderliness
"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.).
- An attendant in a hospital.