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[pruh-see-jer] /prəˈsi dʒər/
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.
  1. the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
  2. Also called subprogram. a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.
Origin of procedure
From the French word procédure, dating back to 1605-15. See proceed, -ure
1. management. 2. operation, maneuver, transaction. See process. Unabridged
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  • 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 Ridgwell Cullum
  • There was bad blood over principles and procedure, policies and plans.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
British Dictionary definitions for procedure


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
Derived Forms
procedural, adjective
procedurally, adverb
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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procedure in Medicine

procedure pro·ce·dure (prə-sē'jər)

  1. A series of steps taken to accomplish an end.

  2. A surgical operation or technique.

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