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 (mə-thŏd′ĭ-kəl) also me·thod·ic (-ĭk)
1. Arranged or proceeding in regular, systematic order: methodical instructions for assembly.
2. Orderly and systematic in habits or behavior: a methodical and painstaking researcher.

me·thod′i·cal·ly adv.
me·thod′i·cal·ness n.
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(mɪˈθɒdɪkəl) or less commonly


characterized by method or orderliness; systematic
meˈthodically adv
meˈthodicalness n
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(məˈθɒd ɪ kəl)

also me•thod′ic,

1. performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way.
2. painstaking, esp. slow and careful; deliberate.
[1560–70; methodic (< Latin < Greek) + -al1]
me•thod′i•cal•ly, adv.
me•thod′i•cal•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.methodical - characterized by method and orderlinessmethodical - characterized by method and orderliness; "a methodical scholar"
organized - methodical and efficient in arrangement or function; "how well organized she is"; "his life was almost too organized"
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Arranged or proceeding in a set, systematized pattern:
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[mɪˈθɒdɪkəl] ADJmetódico
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[məˈθɒdɪkəl] adjméthodique
to be methodical → être méthodique
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adj, methodically
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[mɪˈθɒdɪkl] adjmetodico/a
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(ˈmeθəd) noun
1. the way in which one does something. I don't like his methods of training workers.
2. an orderly or fixed series of actions for doing something. Follow the method set down in the instruction book.
3. good sense and a definite plan. Her work seems to lack method.
meˈthodical (-ˈθo-) adjective
(negative unmethodical).
1. arranged or done in an orderly manner or according to a plan. a methodical search.
2. (in the habit of) acting in a planned, orderly way. a methodical person/nature.
meˈthodically adverb
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References in classic literature ?
It was impossible to tell whether the new servant would turn out as absolutely methodical as his master required; experience alone could solve the question.
These would, perhaps, have fascinated any boy, but I had such a fanaticism for methodical verse that any variation from the octosyllabic and decasyllabic couplets was painful to me.
"Twenty-six minutes thirteen seconds," replied the methodical Nicholl.
The Assault-and-Battery business, into which I was now forced to adventure for a livelihood, was somewhat ill-adapted to the delicate nature of my constitution; but I went to work in it with a good heart, and found my account here, as heretofore, in those stern habits of methodical accuracy which had been thumped into me by that delightful old nurse -- I would indeed be the basest of men not to remember her well in my will.
It may be objected that the principle of selection has been reduced to methodical practice for scarcely more than three-quarters of a century; it has certainly been more attended to of late years, and many treatises have been published on the subject; and the result, I may add, has been, in a corresponding degree, rapid and important.
It goes without saying that one must be conscientious and methodical."
In his methodical brain there were distinctly formulated certain aspects of peasant life, deduced partly from that life itself, but chiefly from contrast with other modes of life.
There was a circumstance which at first sight seemed to entangle his delirious but still methodical scheme.
The memories of a large range of poetic reading are blent into one methodical music so perfectly that at times the notes seem almost simple.
He was as cold as the concrete floor, as methodical as a machine; and in such fashion he went about the washing, scrubbing, and disinfecting of Michael.
"Mine is the methodical way--I begin at the beginning.
His elder daughter, Elizabeth, lived with him and managed the house, and already much resembled him in dry sincerity and methodical habit of mind; of the two sons one, Richard, was an estate agent, the other, Christopher, was reading for the Bar.