Definition of methodical in US English:

methodical

adjective

  • 1Done according to a systematic or established form of procedure.

    ‘a methodical approach to the evaluation of computer systems’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This slow pace results from a methodical and exhaustive research process.’
    • ‘You need excellent guard play and to be methodical in approach, concerned with tempo and getting it down to a possession game.’
    • ‘An effort is now under way to establish a methodical breeding program in the hope of creating a healthy captive population.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘His occasional obsessions were strategic in nature, procedural, methodical.’
    • ‘The methodical search even involved a police sniffer dog, three-year-old Harvey.’
    • ‘Yet people choose dentists every day using much less rigorous and methodical approaches.’
    • ‘We are going to undertake a fairly rigorous and methodical approach.’
    • ‘The search began with methodical, round-the-clock sonar scans of the predetermined search zone.’
    • ‘It includes magical incantations, but most of the text takes a methodical, empirical approach to diagnosis and treatment.’
    • ‘The only sufficient way to counter this, of course, is to use a slow and methodical fashion in approaching your objectives.’
    • ‘In terms of its careful emphasis on surprise, artillery concentration, and methodical planning, Amiens pointed the way ahead to Alamein.’
    • ‘At this time of year, you will find all the answers you are seeking in conscientious, methodical soul-searching.’
    • ‘His choir-training methods were methodical, painstaking, and gentlemanly.’
    • ‘You still need the sequential, programmed, methodical approach to your child's overall learning.’
    • ‘The methodical process and careful attention that Gibbs has devoted to his work belies the banality of his subject.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 behavior.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘As a Capricorn I'm very methodical, and with Moon in Gemini I gather data into a philosophical structure.’
      • ‘They are methodical and essentially cautious.’
      • ‘They are methodical, consistent and, most important, they are honest.’
      • ‘You're a careful, methodical person, and you work hard at making things work.’
      • ‘He was methodical, efficient, uncorruptible, perhaps even capable of being ruthless.’
      • ‘He was methodical about it and did his best to ignore his companions.’
      • ‘The other thing he has going for him is that he is so methodical.’
      • ‘I was more methodical this time, going through the presented menu, trying, in vain, to taste every dish.’
      • ‘Beneath the swashbuckling image is a methodical player who makes the safe, smart move nine times out of 10.’
      • ‘She didn't know that she was dealing with a very methodical man who follows up.’
      • ‘The youngest daughter did not enjoy carrying them, but she was a methodical person who did what she set out to do.’
      • ‘You are methodical and orderly, solving problems logically, and wasting little time on superficial matters.’
      • ‘He's methodical and doesn't race irrationally or run over racers to gain position.’
      • ‘When it came to training camp, he was methodical in his preparation often going away and secluding himself from the outside world.’
      • ‘My mother was very methodical in the way she used this notebook.’
      • ‘They are good, methodical thinkers and have shown that they keep their heads under pressure.’
      • ‘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 and precise; the first great champion and the first great grinder, too.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

methodical

/məˈθɑdək(ə)l//məˈTHädək(ə)l/