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methodical Line breaks: meth¦od|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /mɪˈθɒdɪk(ə)l/

Definition of methodical in English:


1Done according to a systematic or established procedure: a methodical approach to the evaluation of computer systems
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  • His major motifs are still walls and human figures and he paints them with the same methodical approach to surface detailing as he had done in the past.
  • You need excellent guard play and to be methodical in approach, concerned with tempo and getting it down to a possession game.
  • We are going to undertake a fairly rigorous and methodical approach.
1.1(Of a person) orderly or systematic in thought or behaviour: she was so methodical, she kept everything documented a methodical man, he assembled all the papers into a huge pile
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  • You are methodical and orderly, solving problems logically, and wasting little time on superficial matters.
  • He was methodical, efficient, uncorruptible, perhaps even capable of being ruthless.
  • The youngest daughter did not enjoy carrying them, but she was a methodical person who did what she set out to do.


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek methodikos (from methodos: see method) + -al.



Pronunciation: /mɪˈθɒdɪk/
Example sentences
  • The overall effect is one of methodic restraint in the presentation of ideas, and the importance of each underlying sound.
  • The drill team clicked and clapped and stomped, their feet and guns a methodic waltz between human and machine.
  • That's the careful, methodic, very adult mind of someone planning to hurt another person.


Pronunciation: /məˈθɒdɪkli/
Example sentences
  • I turned in at the door of the first bar I saw and got carefully, methodically and thoroughly drunk.
  • As well, he's paced his film very methodically and carefully, much as a filmmaker would have decades ago.
  • She works methodically, carefully, because she is helping her parents to ‘purify’ seeds.

Words that rhyme with methodical

periodical, rhapsodical, synodical

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