performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly: a methodical person.
painstaking, especially slow and careful; deliberate.

Also me·thod·ic.

Origin of methodical

1560–70; methodic (< Latin methodic(us) < Greek methodikós; see method, -ic) + -al1
Related formsme·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbme·thod·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·me·thod·ic, adjectivean·ti·me·thod·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·me·thod·i·cal·ness, nounnon·me·thod·ic, adjectivenon·me·thod·i·cal, adjectivenon·me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·thod·i·cal·ness, nounpre·me·thod·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-me·thod·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·thod·ic, adjectiveun·me·thod·i·cal, adjectiveun·me·thod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·thod·i·cal·ness, noun

Synonyms for methodical

1. precise. See orderly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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less commonly methodic


characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
Derived Formsmethodically, adverbmethodicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodically



1560s, with -al (1) and methodic (1540s), from Middle French methodique, from Late Latin methodicus, from Greek methodikos, from methodos (see method). Related: Methodically.

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