Proceed vs Procedural - What's the difference?

proceed | procedural |

As a verb proceed

is to move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.

As an adjective procedural is




(Webster 1913)


(en verb)
  • To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun.
  • to proceed on a journey.
  • To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another.
  • To proceed with a story or argument.
  • To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from.
  • Light proceeds from the sun.
  • To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.
  • * John Locke
  • he that proceeds upon other Principles in his Enquiry
  • To be transacted; to take place; to occur.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He will, after his sour fashion, tell you / What hath proceeded worthy note to-day.
  • To have application or effect; to operate.
  • * Ayliffe
  • This rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence.
  • To begin and carry on a legal process. (rfex)
  • Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See * Not to be confused with precede. * Many of the other English verbs ultimately derived from Latin are spelled ending in "cede", so the misspelling "procede" is common.


    * progress


    * regress * recede


    * *

    See also

    * proceeds (noun)




    (en adjective)
  • Related to procedure.
  • The judge dismissed the case on procedural grounds; it wasn't the facts or the law, it was just they hadn't filed the correct forms.
  • (computing) Generated by means of a procedure, rather than being designed.
  • a procedural''' texture; '''procedural terrain

    Derived terms

    * procedurally


    (en noun)
  • (literature) A type of literature, film, or television program involving a sequence of technical detail.
  • * 2000 , Gary Hausladen, Places for Dead Bodies (page 35)
  • It is only fitting that the investigation of place-based police procedurals begins in America, where the police procedural was invented and turned into a literary art form.

    See also