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procedure (n.)

1610s, "fact or manner of proceeding;" 1670s, "particular action or mode of conducting an action;" from French procédure "manner of proceeding" (c. 1200), from Old French proceder "to proceed" (see proceed). Specific sense of "method of conducting business in Parliament" is from 1839.

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Definitions of procedure from WordNet

procedure (n.)
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result;
the procedure of obtaining a driver's license
Synonyms: process
procedure (n.)
a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work;
Synonyms: operation
procedure (n.)
a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program;
Synonyms: routine / subroutine / subprogram / function
procedure (n.)
a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings;
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