Definition of procedural in US English:

procedural

adjective

  • 1Relating to an established or official way of doing something.

    ‘procedural restrictions on Congress’
    ‘a purely procedural approach to this problem’
    • ‘There is nothing in the procedural rules or the practice of the courts which prevents this.’
    • ‘The point I am seeking to make, your Honours, is that this is a provision which is procedural in nature.’
    • ‘This morning the bill cleared the second of three procedural hurdles.’
    • ‘The Department has also been charged with a variety of procedural irregularities.’
    • ‘Warfare is highly procedural, with methodical approaches to the conduct of military operations.’
    • ‘But the case was decided on purely procedural grounds.’
    • ‘She was originally convicted of murder, but had the verdict overturned at appeal because of procedural flaws.’
    • ‘There were ample procedural safeguards: an informal inquiry coupled with the availability of judicial review.’
    • ‘What procedural guarantees are there that the wars it fights will be just?’
    • ‘The objections to the process are not just procedural.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting a television series, film, or novel characterized by detailed, realistic treatment of professional procedures, especially police procedures.
      ‘a procedural drama set in a Rome police station’
      • ‘Bosch books get called hard-boiled, noir and procedural.’
      • ‘Miller has shown a knack for turning real-life events into prestige procedural dramas.’
      • ‘Fox's long-running procedural drama rose in the ratings for the second time last night.’
      • ‘This procedural episode has the team running into countless dead ends, faulty witnesses, and a little bit of luck during their manhunt.’
      • ‘As Lee and his girlfriend work on the exec, the police begin closing in on him, adding a cop procedural element to the serial killer/comedy/romance stew.’
      • ‘'Ironside' attracts older viewers because it's a reboot and because it's a procedural crime drama’
      • ‘Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in American media history.’
      • ‘This is an above-average set of procedural crime solving, and fans of true crime will almost certainly enjoy these episodes.’
      • ‘That is different from a procedural movie where the story is in the foreground and the characters in the backseat.’
      • ‘On Oct. 6, 2000, CBS debuted a new procedural crime drama which would go on to inspire multiple spinoffs over the ensuing years.’

noun

  • A television series, film, or novel characterized by detailed, realistic treatment of professional procedures, especially police procedures.

    ‘the procedural about police officers going undercover will debut later this month’
    ‘he dons a stethoscope as a brilliant doctor in this gem of a medical procedural’
    • ‘Most TV drama consists of long-running series in a few dependable genres such as police and medical procedurals.’
    • ‘Courtroom procedurals this nimble don't come along often, but with Anatomy of a Murder, Preminger showed how it could be done.’
    • ‘At its heart, The Rockville Slayer is a crime procedural, and the body count is actually pretty minimal.’
    • ‘It's another bravura performance by the master of the police procedural.’
    • ‘The legal procedural is such a worn-out television fixture, it's amazing that they keep being cranked out.’
    • ‘All the attention was on high-end drama, with very few sitcoms, procedurals or soaps to be found.’
    • ‘On its own, this sequel is simply a cat-and-mouse procedural, dotted with the occasional smackdown and pyrotechnics display.’
    • ‘The film may not be as elegant as the previous financial procedurals, and Costa-Gavras' brief forays into cinematic trickery threaten our suspension of disbelief.’
    • ‘She's apparently stepping in full time this coming season, and I fear that this great procedural will transform into a soap.’
    • ‘Unlike today's top-rated procedurals, the program never relied on gross-out gore to hold the viewer's attention.’

Pronunciation

procedural

/prəˈsējərəl/