- Date: circa 1611
- 1 a : a particular way of accomplishing something or of acting
- b : a step in a procedure
- 2 a : a series of steps followed in a regular definite order <legal procedure> <a surgical procedure>
- b : a set of instructions for a computer that has a name by which it can be called into action
- b : protocol
A procedure is a specified series of actions or operations which have to be executed in a specified manner in order to always obtain the same result under the same circumstances (for example, emergency procedures). Less precisely speaking, this word can indicate a sequence of tasks, steps, decisions, calculations and processes, that when undertaken in the sequence laid down produces the described result, product or outcome. A procedure usually induces a change.