American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Arranged or proceeding in regular, systematic order.
- adj. Characterized by ordered and systematic habits or behavior. See Synonyms at orderly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by or exhibiting method; disposed or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly: as, the methodical arrangement of objects or topics; methodical accounts; a methodical man.
- adj. in an organized manner
- adj. characterized by method and orderliness
- From Ancient Greek μεθοδικός (methodikos, "going to work by rule, systematic, crafty"), + -al. (Wiktionary)
“LAVENDERA: We don't know who Gonzalez is talking about exactly but investigators they have arrested all the men who carried out what they call the methodical and chilling murders of the Billings 'couple.”
“LAVANDERA: We don't know who Gonzalez is talking about exactly, but investigators say they've arrested all the men who carried out what they called the methodical and chilling murders of the Billings couple.”
“An apartment complex there as well, and are going essentially house to house in what they describe as a methodical search, trying to capture the suspect.”
“And they proceed to chomp their way through its contents in methodical, determined fashion.”
“Southern California prosecutors said Friday they will seek the death penalty for the man they called a "methodical and merciless killer" who stormed through a salon and killed eight people.”
“Call for death penalty in US beauty salon shootings PROSECUTORS say they'll seek the death penalty for the man they call a "methodical and merciless killer" who stormed through a California beauty salon and killed eight people.”
“… It accomplished the first great feat in direct prophylaxis action to prevent disease, namely methodical eradication of a disease.”
“Agent Dumb Ass has a sawing style that might be most-charitably described as "methodical.”
“For a few seconds Rubashov entertained the hypothesis that Gletkin had gone mad; this mixture of logic and absurdity recalled the methodical lunacy of schizophrenia.”
“But this time the church was made an accomplice in what witnesses call a methodical attempt to exterminate a people genocide.”
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