Definition of methodical in English:

methodical

adjective

  • 1Done according to a systematic or established procedure.

    ‘a methodical approach to the evaluation of computer systems’
    • ‘Victory over the French may have been completed in a methodical, if not exciting fashion, but England will be warned not to switch off now.’
    • ‘You need excellent guard play and to be methodical in approach, concerned with tempo and getting it down to a possession game.’
    • ‘It includes magical incantations, but most of the text takes a methodical, empirical approach to diagnosis and treatment.’
    • ‘You still need the sequential, programmed, methodical approach to your child's overall learning.’
    • ‘This slow pace results from a methodical and exhaustive research process.’
    • ‘Yet people choose dentists every day using much less rigorous and methodical approaches.’
    • ‘Why is it that we don't treat our search for a partner with the same methodical approach as other major decisions, like buying a house or finding a job?’
    • ‘The search began with methodical, round-the-clock sonar scans of the predetermined search zone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His choir-training methods were methodical, painstaking, and gentlemanly.’
    • ‘The methodical process and careful attention that Gibbs has devoted to his work belies the banality of his subject.’
    • ‘Cohen recommends a methodical, three-part approach to archiving for posterity.’
    • ‘At 15, she took up golf and immediately thrived on her country's uniquely methodical approach to fostering the best young talent.’
    • ‘An effort is now under way to establish a methodical breeding program in the hope of creating a healthy captive population.’
    • ‘In terms of its careful emphasis on surprise, artillery concentration, and methodical planning, Amiens pointed the way ahead to Alamein.’
    • ‘His occasional obsessions were strategic in nature, procedural, methodical.’
    • ‘The methodical search even involved a police sniffer dog, three-year-old Harvey.’
    • ‘The only sufficient way to counter this, of course, is to use a slow and methodical fashion in approaching your objectives.’
    • ‘We are going to undertake a fairly rigorous and methodical approach.’
    • ‘At this time of year, you will find all the answers you are seeking in conscientious, methodical soul-searching.’
    orderly, well ordered, well organized, well thought out, planned, well planned, efficient, businesslike, coherent, systematic, scientific, structured, logical, analytic, formal, regular, well regulated, disciplined
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    1. 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’
      • ‘They are methodical, consistent and, most important, they are honest.’
      • ‘He was methodical and precise; the first great champion and the first great grinder, too.’
      • ‘As a Capricorn I'm very methodical, and with Moon in Gemini I gather data into a philosophical structure.’
      • ‘They are good, methodical thinkers and have shown that they keep their heads under pressure.’
      • ‘You are methodical and orderly, solving problems logically, and wasting little time on superficial matters.’
      • ‘If you are a methodical man, some of this may be old hat or even too obvious, but for the majority it may well be news!’
      • ‘I was more methodical this time, going through the presented menu, trying, in vain, to taste every dish.’
      • ‘When it came to training camp, he was methodical in his preparation often going away and secluding himself from the outside world.’
      • ‘He was a most methodical man and, on daily walks in the College garden and elsewhere, he counted the number of paces from one place to another.’
      • ‘She didn't know that she was dealing with a very methodical man who follows up.’
      • ‘He's methodical and doesn't race irrationally or run over racers to gain position.’
      • ‘They are methodical and essentially cautious.’
      • ‘He was methodical about it and did his best to ignore his companions.’
      • ‘The youngest daughter did not enjoy carrying them, but she was a methodical person who did what she set out to do.’
      • ‘My mother was very methodical in the way she used this notebook.’
      • ‘You're a careful, methodical person, and you work hard at making things work.’
      • ‘Beneath the swashbuckling image is a methodical player who makes the safe, smart move nine times out of 10.’
      • ‘Matisse was the elder, but he was a slower and more methodical man by temperament and it was Picasso who initially made the greater splash.’
      • ‘He was methodical, efficient, uncorruptible, perhaps even capable of being ruthless.’
      • ‘The other thing he has going for him is that he is so methodical.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

methodical

/mɪˈθɒdɪk(ə)l/