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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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 And increasingly, they’ve been targeted by the Trump administration with systematic terrorization tactics, upending their lives, safety and families. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "Blacklist Every Last One of Them," 26 June 2018 Donald Trump’s call for sanctions against imports from China was largely inspired by tales like these, and the claim that China’s program for stealing intellectual property from American companies is systematic and widespread. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Spy Games (Continued)," 23 June 2018 Instead, underestimation of methane release is systematic. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Study: US oil and gas methane emissions have been dramatically underestimated," 22 June 2018 Newspapers that had once been partisan now attempted to speak to broader audiences by sticking to a just-the-facts approach; journalism adopted the systematic approaches of science for its daily investigations. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Fourth Estate in the Age of Bad Faith," 15 June 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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