sys·tem·at·ic | \ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tik \

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 \ adverb
systematicness \ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tik-nəs \ 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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More important, is the systematic and flagrant violations of human rights in Iran. Eric Shawn, Fox News, "Protesters against Iranian regime see a free Tehran ahead," 30 June 2018 Black females begin to outnumber black males by age 16, Judice writes, partly as a result of high mortality and incarceration rates that Judice said result from systematic discrimination against black males. Heidi Stevens,, "Northwestern professor wants black women to look for love outside their race," 12 July 2018 The separation from the emotion of the transaction makes the moving experience less overwhelming and more systematic and easier to live through. Melissa Rolland,, "Get Your Home Market Ready," 1 May 2018 In September, three former female Google employees filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company, alleging systematic pay discrimination at the company. Samantha Cooney, Time, "Fired Programmer James Damore Sues Google for Discrimination — Against White Men," 8 Jan. 2018 Virgo energy is logical, systematic, and sensible, so for the next four weeks, Venus's hedonistic tendencies will be quelled by this pragmatic earth sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's July 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 June 2018 His government’s systematic doping of its athletes got Russia booted out of the recent Winter Olympics. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday Punch: How Stephen Curry could change the NFL," 24 Mar. 2018 The hospital has acknowledged a higher death rate around that time, raising speculation that the poisoning may have been systematic and more widespread. Washington Post, "Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths," 12 July 2018 But Russia — which is supposed to be a country non grata at the Pyeongchang Olympics because of its outrageous, systematic doping program — is still a very big part of these Winter Games. USA TODAY, "Column: Russian ruling only a brief respite in war on doping," 9 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of systematic

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


sys·tem·at·ic | \ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tik \

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


sys·tem·at·ic | \ˌsis-tə-ˈmat-ik \

Medical Definition of systematic 

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

Other Words from systematic

systematically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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