procedure

[ pruh-see-jer ]
/ prəˈsi dʒər /

noun

an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
a particular course or mode of action.
any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, especially litigation and judicial proceedings.
Computers.
  1. the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
  2. Also called subprogram.a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.

Nearby words

  1. procaryote,
  2. procaryotic,
  3. procathedral,
  4. procedural,
  5. procedural agreement,
  6. proceed,
  7. proceeding,
  8. proceedings,
  9. proceeds,
  10. proceleusmatic

Origin of procedure

From the French word procédure, dating back to 1605–15. See proceed, -ure

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British Dictionary definitions for procedure

procedure

/ (prəˈsiːdʒə) /

noun

a way of acting or progressing in a course of action, esp an established method
the established mode or form of conducting the business of a legislature, the enforcement of a legal right, etc
computing another name for subroutine
Derived Formsprocedural, adjectiveprocedurally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for procedure

procedure

n.

1610s, "fact or manner of proceeding," from French procédure "manner of proceeding" (c.1200), from Old French proceder "to proceed" (see proceed). Meaning "method of conducting business in Parliament" is from 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for procedure

procedure

[ prə-sējər ]

n.

A series of steps taken to accomplish an end.
A surgical operation or technique.

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