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orderly

[ awr-der-lee ]
/ ˈɔr dər li /
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adjective

adverb

methodically; regularly.
according to established order or rule.

noun, plural or·der·lies.

Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.

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Origin of orderly

First recorded in 1470–80 as adverb; 1570–80 as adjective; 1795–1805 as noun; order + -ly

synonym study for orderly

1, 2. Orderly, methodical, systematic characterize that which is neat, in order, and planned. These three words are sometimes used interchangeably. However, orderly emphasizes neatness of arrangement: an orderly array of books. Methodical suggests a logical plan, a definite order of actions or method from beginning to end: a methodical examination. Systematic suggests thoroughness, an extensive and detailed plan, together with regularity of action: a systematic review.

OTHER WORDS FROM orderly

or·der·li·ness, nounun·or·der·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orderly

orderly
/ (ˈɔːdəlɪ) /

adjective

adverb

rare according to custom or rule

noun plural -lies

med a male hospital attendant
military a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer

Derived forms of orderly

orderliness, noun
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Medical definitions for orderly

orderly
[ ôrdər-lē ]

n.

An attendant in a hospital.
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