- the sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in solving a problem or accomplishing a task.
- Also called subprogram . a group of statements that may be used at one or more points in a computer program.
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A procedure is a particular course or mode of action. When should you use this noun over process or proceeding? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
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What does procedure mean?
A procedure is a particular way of doing something, especially one that is usually repeated in the same way each time.
This is how the word is used in the phrases standard procedure and follow procedure, as in It’s important to follow procedure in the event of an emergency.
The word procedure can also refer to a particular course of action, as in The instructions list all the steps of the procedure. This is especially used in professional and technical contexts.
In a legal context, the word refers to the specific way that proceedings need to be carried out according to the rules.
In a medical context, procedure is used as a synonym for operation, as in I’m having a minor procedure done tomorrow.
In computers and programming, a procedure is a series or instructions followed in order to complete some task, often as part of a program.
Example: This is not proper procedure! Who’s in charge here?
Where does procedure come from?
The first records of the word procedure come from the early 1600s. It comes from the French term procédure, which has the same meaning. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb prōcēdere, which means “to advance” and is also the basis of the verb proceed.
A procedure is a way of proceeding—a way of taking action or completing a task. The word often implies that there is a specific plan or set of rules that need to be followed in certain situations. This is especially implied in phrases like standard procedure or proper procedure.
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- procedural (adjective, noun)
- procedurally (adverb)
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How is procedure used in real life?
The word procedure often implies that there is a very specific plan or set of rules to follow. For that reason, it’s often used in serious contexts. It’s also commonly used as another way of referring to a medical operation.
The procedure for Jan 6 isn’t entirely clear- there are diff interpretations so it appears it will be subject to the interpretation of whoever is in charge of determining procedure on that day. That should be the VP so we shall see.
— Fiery but Peaceful Empress (@JanieHsieh) January 4, 2021
Procedure for being unthanked for door holding:
1. Keep eyes fixed on culprit
2. Say “you're welcome”
3. Shake head
4. Mutter "unbelievable"
5. Watch as someone else walks through the door you’re still holding
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) November 4, 2018
It's a routine procedure and all going well, I expect to be fully recovered and back on my feet in time for my US True Tour.
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) March 29, 2014
Try using procedure!
Which of the following actions is not a way of following procedure?
A. sticking to the plan
B. following the instructions
C. winging it
D. taking the required steps
How to use procedure in a sentence
Binam is now at the center of a congressional inquiry into allegations of a pattern of nonconsensual gynecological procedures, including hysterectomies, performed on detainees at Irwin in recent years.A woman in ICE detention says her fallopian tube was removed without her consent|Nicole Narea|September 17, 2020|Vox
These may work to address the problematic search warrant procedures that took place in Taylor’s case.The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained|Fabiola Cineas|September 17, 2020|Vox
The equations of QED made respectable predictions, they found, if patched with the inscrutable procedure of renormalization.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
How to vote earlyEvery state handles its own elections, so early voting rules vary from state to state, just like voter registration procedures.Why you should vote as early as possible (and how to do it)|John Kennedy|September 17, 2020|Popular-Science
Administration officials have sought to keep politics out of the vaccine, arguing they are following all procedures.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’|William Boot|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This [investigation] is part of routine procedure following the death of any firefighter,” he told The Daily Beast.
He takes great pleasure in demonstrating the monitoring procedure.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anti-abortion organizations tend to tend to propagate the idea that the procedure is dangerous and unproven.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says|Samantha Allen|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a procedure called “compassionate release” allowing terminally ill men to die at home.
Thereupon began a procedure identical to that which had characterized the outset of every successful case of the Chief Inspector.Dope|Sax Rohmer
The motives which led to this undertaking, and the reasons for my mode of procedure, may be stated in a few words.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
The whole procedure—taking the cosmic view—was almost pointless, but it would make the botanist happy, at least.Old Friends Are the Best|Jack Sharkey
But only a cloistered ecclesiastic can be held responsible for such military procedure.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
But statutes which merely alter the procedure, if they are in themselves good statutes, ought to be retrospective.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay