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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. 2018.
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  • Yes, he said, that is what will happen in a well-ordered State.

    The Republic Plato
  • But, I said, a temperate state will be a well-ordered state.

    Charmides Plato
  • In this nice, well-ordered age I'm a killer and everybody knows it.

    Measure for a Loner James Judson Harmon
  • At noon the scene presented the appearance of an immense but well-ordered fair.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • It comes, I have no doubt, to every well-ordered man to be in love once.

  • For a whole week things proceeded in good, well-ordered regularity.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • The sombre elms were too well-ordered, the meadows too carefully tended.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • It was not the note of her prayer, it was well-ordered and calm.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • The consequence was that they were a well-ordered and loving family.

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.

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