pro·​gram·​mat·​ic | \ˌprō-grə-ˈma-tik \

Definition of programmatic 

1 : relating to program music

2 : of, relating to, resembling, or having a program

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programmatically \ ˌprō-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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And on the revenue side, AT&T and Time Warner expect to see the gains in innovation—particularly by way of a new programmatic advertising platform—that motivated the merger in the first place. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Decoding Judge Leon's AT&T-Time Warner Decision," 12 June 2018 What’s changed, according to Scott Tieman, the global lead for the new Accenture Interactive unit, is a recent uptick in client demand for help with their programmatic ad-buying. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Accenture Interactive Opens Digital Ad-Buying Division, Further Encroaching on Agencies’ Turf," 23 May 2018 Sinnette suggested elementary school principals work with teachers to develop site plans to create programmatic approaches appropriate for their campuses, inviting parents to participate in the process. Sara Cardine,, "LCUSD mulls how to meet math goals, keep kids safe from risks of media, online publicity," 28 June 2018 His show, The Ed Show, was canceled in 2015 as part of a wave of programmatic tinkering at the network. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Former MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Dies at 64," 5 July 2018 This type of programmatic product placement is likely to start hitting your smart TV screen in a year or two. Ralf Jacob, Fortune, "AI Is About to Make Video Ads a Lot Less Annoying," 26 June 2018 And there are few programmatic research programs testing strategies to improve long-term outcomes from sepsis. Derek Angus, STAT, "Current efforts to fight sepsis aren’t working. We need a bolder approach," 14 June 2018 Like other publishers, BuzzFeed has been reorienting its business away from a dependency on Facebook and toward other sources of revenue, including a growing commerce business and programmatic display ads. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s latest privacy bungle affects 14 million users," 8 June 2018 Issues are important Much scholarship on political behavior in the Middle East and other developing regions indicates that programmatic considerations, or the details of a candidate or party’s platform, do not drive voter behavior. Melani Cammett, Washington Post, "What Lebanon’s elections can teach us about the importance of religion," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of programmatic

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of programmatic was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of programmatic

: of, relating to, resembling, or having a program

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