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Origin of well-ordered

First recorded in 1600–10
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Contemporary Examples of well-ordered

Historical Examples of well-ordered

  • Yes, he said, that is what will happen in a well-ordered State.

  • But, I said, a temperate state will be a well-ordered state.

  • In this nice, well-ordered age I'm a killer and everybody knows it.

    Measure for a Loner

    James Judson Harmon

  • At noon the scene presented the appearance of an immense but well-ordered fair.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • It comes, I have no doubt, to every well-ordered man to be in love once.

British Dictionary definitions for well-ordered


  1. logic maths (of a relation) having the property that every nonempty subset of its field has a least member under the relation: less than is well-ordered on the natural numbers but not on the reals, since an open set has no least member
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Word Origin and History for well-ordered

c.1600, from well (adv.) + past participle of order.

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