- 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 orderly
The protestors cooperated for the most part, making the march orderly and peaceful.Eric Garner Protests: ‘It’s Like Vietnam’
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson, Jacob Siegel, Chris Allbritton
December 5, 2014
Yes, I think an orderly and measured immigration policy is appropriate.Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?
July 20, 2014
By global standards, it's a fairly calm, quiet, orderly place of medium size that functions pretty well most days.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
But let us, in doing so, respect the orderly processes of the law.The Roots of the GOP’s Race Problem
May 22, 2014
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) agreed with this approach, emphasizing that we need to have “an orderly administration of US debt.”Senate Raises Debt Ceiling After GOP 'Dysfunction'
February 12, 2014
By common consent he was pre-eminently God-fearing, orderly and conscientious.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In the orderly transfer of power, we celebrate the unity that keeps us free.
"Then we'll say at three," she said calmly, and took an orderly and unflurried departure.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
As long as there was an orderly sovereign, such as Henry II.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
He had not seemed even to notice how orderly and freshened everything was.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- 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 orderly
"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.