Being careful, following a checklist. Leaving no stone unturned. Often a slow process, but always a thorough one. See John Malkovich. He has a knack for playing methodical killers, like in In The Line Of Fire.

Me*thod"ic (?), Me*thod"ic*al (?), a. [L. methodicus, Gr. : cf. F. m'ethodique.]

1.

Arranged with regard to method; disposed in a suitable manner, or in a manner to illustrate a subject, or to facilitate practical observation; as, the methodical arrangement of arguments; a methodical treatise.

"Methodical regularity."

Addison.

2.

Proceeding with regard to method; systematic.

"Aristotle, strict, methodic, and orderly."

Harris.

3.

Of or pertaining to the ancient school of physicians called methodists.

Johnson.

-- Me*thod"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Me*thod"ic*al*ness, n.

 

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