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[wel-awr-derd] /ˈwɛlˈɔr dərd/
arranged, planned, or occurring in a desirable way, sequence, etc.
Origin of well-ordered
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But, I said, a temperate state will be a well-ordered state.

    Charmides Plato
  • The consequence was that they were a well-ordered and loving family.

  • Though tinged with the new philosophy, Mme. de Lambert regarded religion as a part of a respectable, well-ordered life.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • It was a well-ordered meal, but it went off rather dismally.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • Otherwise Peter Bines showed his seventy-four years only by the marks of a well-ordered maturity.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Certainly it was the centre of as sweet and well-ordered a home-life as any in England.

  • Think of the quite unprecedented numbers of well-ordered homes and cared-for, wholesome, questioning children!

    New Worlds For Old Herbert George Wells
  • A similar tribunal is indispensable in every well-ordered state.

  • Then they were suppressed—the harmless and well-ordered ones no less than the worst and most corrupt.

    A History of England Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for well-ordered


(logic, maths) (of a relation) having the property that every nonempty subset of its field has a least member under the relation: less than is well-ordered on the natural numbers but not on the reals, since an open set has no least member
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Word Origin and History for well-ordered

c.1600, from well (adv.) + past participle of order.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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