- an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
- a particular course or mode of action.
- any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, especially litigation and judicial proceedings.
- the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
- Also called subprogram.a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.
Origin of procedure
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Examples from the Web for procedure
Anti-abortion organizations tend to tend to propagate the idea that the procedure is dangerous and unproven.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says
December 8, 2014
There is a procedure called “compassionate release” allowing terminally ill men to die at home.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Justice Ginsburg underwent this procedure successfully and is progressing with her recovery.
The benefit from a procedure largely depends on why it was performed.
She also advises finding a doctor and a bedside nurse who are comfortable with the procedure.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
November 17, 2014
The procedure in this case is the same as for currant jelly.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The method of procedure depends upon the form of machine in use.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Taste and conscience only differ in their provinces, not in their procedure.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Once he varied this procedure by glancing up while still in the middle of a row.The Law-Breakers
There was bad blood over principles and procedure, policies and plans.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- a way of acting or progressing in a course of action, esp an established method
- the established mode or form of conducting the business of a legislature, the enforcement of a legal right, etc
- computing another name for subroutine
Word Origin and History for procedure
1610s, "fact or manner of proceeding," from French procédure "manner of proceeding" (c.1200), from Old French proceder "to proceed" (see proceed). Meaning "method of conducting business in Parliament" is from 1839.
- A series of steps taken to accomplish an end.
- A surgical operation or technique.