One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an orderly room’
neat, tidy, well ordered, in order, trim, in apple-pie order, as neat as a new pin, spick and span, well kept, straight
British informal, dated shipshape, shipshape and Bristol fashion
disorderly, untidy, chaotic, messy
2‘Robert had been an orderly man’
well organized, organized, efficient, businesslike, methodical, systematic, careful, meticulous, punctilious
coherent, structured, logical, well planned, well regulated, systematized
3‘the crowd was quiet and orderly’
well behaved, law-abiding, disciplined, peaceful, peaceable, non-violent, controlled, restrained, civilized, well mannered, polite, courteous, decorous
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