systematic

adjective
sys·​tem·​at·​ic | \ ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce systematic (audio) \

Definition of systematic

1 : relating to or consisting of a system
2 : presented or formulated as a coherent body of ideas or principles systematic thought
3a : methodical in procedure or plan a systematic approach a systematic scholar
b : marked by thoroughness and regularity systematic efforts
4 : of, relating to, or concerned with classification specifically : taxonomic

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Other Words from systematic

systematically \ ˌsi-​stə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce systematically (audio) \ adverb
systematicness \ ˌsi-​stə-​ˈma-​tik-​nəs How to pronounce systematicness (audio) \ noun

Examples of systematic in a Sentence

We used a systematic approach to solve the problem. She made a systematic study of the evidence. the systematic production of cars
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Opportunistic and Selective Rarely do the revisionists who wage war on history offer any rational and systematic agenda for their otherwise spontaneous tantrums. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 In November 1975, the nonprofit Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago filed a class-action civil rights lawsuit against DCFS and two of its vendors arguing systematic discrimination against Spanish-speaking Latino families. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 Physicians for Human Rights has said the war in Syria has seen the most widespread and systematic assault on health care documented in the world to date. Fox News, "Syria uses familiar tactic in rebel Idlib: Bombing civilians," 7 June 2019 Despite the fact that there is no evidence of systematic bias, Republicans have held several hearings over the past year on the subject. Casey Newton, The Verge, "YouTube just banned supremacist content, and thousands of channels are about to be removed," 5 June 2019 In the 1980s, a biologist named Lita Proctor decided to take a more careful, systematic look. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses," 21 May 2015 The most systematic study of this turnaround, conducted by the political scientists Stephen Biddle, Jacob Shapiro, and Jeffrey Friedman, is unambiguous. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 The uncalled-for expansion of the financial sector came about via the systematic dismantling, over three decades, of New Deal regulatory safeguards, enacted in the immediate aftermath of the American banking system’s collapse in the early 1930s. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Plot (Part 1)," 20 June 2019 The first systematic study of Freer’s amazing treasure trove of more than 50 watercolors by James McNeill Whistler and includes figures, landscapes, nocturnes and interiors. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "After More Than Eight Decades, These Exquisite Whistler Watercolors Make Their Public Debut," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of systematic

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for systematic

Late Latin systematicus, from Greek systēmatikos, from systēmat-, systēma

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systematic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of systematic

: using a careful system or method : done according to a system

systematic

adjective
sys·​tem·​at·​ic | \ ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce systematic (audio) \

Kids Definition of systematic

: using a system or a regular and orderly method She works in a systematic way.

Other Words from systematic

systematically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

systematic

adjective
sys·​tem·​at·​ic | \ ˌsis-tə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce systematic (audio) \

Medical Definition of systematic

: of, relating to, or concerned with classification specifically : taxonomic

Other Words from systematic

systematically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce systematically (audio) \ adverb

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