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[ muh-thod-i-kuhl ]


  1. performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly:

    a methodical person.

    Synonyms: precise, regular

  2. painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.


/ mɪˈθɒdɪkəl /


  1. characterized by method or orderliness; systematic

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Derived Forms

  • meˈthodicalness, noun
  • meˈthodically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • me·thod·i·cal·ly adverb
  • me·thod·i·cal·ness noun
  • an·ti·me·thod·ic adjective
  • an·ti·me·thod·i·cal adjective
  • an·ti·me·thod·i·cal·ness noun
  • non·me·thod·ic adjective
  • non·me·thod·i·cal adjective
  • non·me·thod·i·cal·ness noun
  • pre·me·thod·i·cal adjective
  • qua·si-me·thod·i·cal adjective
  • un·me·thod·ic adjective
  • un·me·thod·i·cal adjective
  • un·me·thod·i·cal·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of methodical1

First recorded in 1560–70; methodic, from Latin methodic(us) or directly from Greek methodikós; method, -ic + -al 1

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Synonym Study

See orderly.

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Example Sentences

The pace, he says, will be “methodical,” but as quickly as possible given safety constraints.

This slower, more methodical approach has worked in Veo’s favor — it might be the only company in its industry that has been consistently profitable.

It’s a grounded approach perfectly suited to Tillman’s methodical nature, and it’s one the Terps have seemed to adopt especially well this year.

He thinks really rationally and, you know, he applies statistics to everything, and he’s so methodical.

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This time, the approach was aggressive but also targeted, methodical and refined.

Far from a rant, her tone throughout is cool and methodical, and her critiques are couched more in sorrow than in anger.

The opening scene of the film illustrates the methodical and gruesome nature of the abuses.

The yellow ticking clock that punctuates every episode of 24 is simultaneously bombastic, methodical, menacing, and relentless.

If Washington is to adopt a tougher stance toward Beijing, it needs a lot of methodical calculation.

It was thorough and methodical, like a medical examination: a routine in which a professional inspects the body of a patient.

A child may acquire while quite young and before any methodical education commences a certain feeling for regular form.

His methodical mind hated the idea of disorder; administration came to him as Nature's gift.

She immediately made a methodical arrangement of her time, so as to appropriate stated employment to every hour.

And if he ever saw one, his corpse-to-be was a methodical little piece of humanity.

Though Aristotle wrote in a methodical manner, his writings exhibit great parsimony of language.