arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence: an orderly desk.
observant of or governed by system or method, as persons or the mind.
characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding: an orderly assemblage of citizens.
pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.
according to established order or rule.
Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.
- or·der·li·ness, noun
- un·or·der·ly, adjective
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How to use orderly in a sentence
His paper vistas are as minimal and orderly as a Zen temple’s rock garden, yet — like such temple features — evoke a world that’s prodigious and unruly.In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints | Mark Jenkins | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Across Eastern Russia, wild forests, swamps and grasslands are slowly being transformed into orderly grids of soybeans, corn and wheat.The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Sergey Ponomarev | December 16, 2020 | ProPublica
The Post was invited to one of these calls, and can confirm that they were orderly, polite conversations.The Game Awards hosted Zoom calls with hundreds of fans. They were surprisingly orderly. | Gene Park | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
By Monday morning, local authorities grabbed hold of the situations, tweeting out videos of the 17,719 workers in orderly lines waiting to get tested, with calm piano music playing in the background.Nearly 18,000 airport workers sealed in for testing after 7 cases detected | Beth Mole | November 23, 2020 | Ars Technica
Millions have already made their holiday plans, and canceling your air travels and reservations isn’t necessarily the most orderly process.The CDC’s Thanksgiving warning isn’t really about travel | Sy Mukherjee | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
Swarms of police, gunfire, panic—all foreign to a city known for its quaint, Commonwealth style, still air, and orderliness.
The honest orderliness and dignified calmness of his life, as I read it, are quite refreshing in this time of rush and gush.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
As she entered the inner room it was as though her coming into it set all its orderliness awry.Those Times And These | Irvin S. Cobb
She knew how much depended on the orderliness and self-control of those who were to demand their freedom of their King.Robert Annys: Poor Priest | Annie Nathan Meyer
Too much depends upon orderliness in finances, for the Country Girl to neglect this means of becoming efficient in her life-work.The American Country Girl | Martha Foote Crow
And a world state and universal justice does not mean the imprisonment of our race in any bleak institutional orderliness.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for orderly
in order, properly arranged, or tidy
obeying or appreciating method, system, and arrangement
harmonious or peaceful
military of or relating to orders: an orderly book
rare according to custom or rule
med a male hospital attendant
military a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer
- orderliness, noun
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