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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The legislation formulated during this period paved way for the systematic surveillance of Chinese and other Asian immigrants in America. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018 Those who carry out systematic observations can contribute some useful knowledge about Martian weather and surface conditions. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Mars Makes Its Closest Approach in 15 Years This Summer: How to See It," 29 May 2018 And that’s all before getting into the systematic devaluing and ignoring of stellar performances from people of color for the better part of a century now. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Hollywood had a breakdown trying to justify itself at the 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Those misconceptions can change by having people not only learn the real history behind Thanksgiving, but also the history of the systematic oppression of Native Americans and Alaska Natives in the United States. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Films That Show How the U.S. Has Mistreated Native Americans and Alaska Natives," 22 Nov. 2018 While the study presents a comprehensive and systematic look at the drivers behind these dramatic declines, it is based on reports primarily from North America and Europe. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 The Mothers’ Day massacre has been nationalized, and systematic kidnapping and torture has been added to the mix. Margarita Herdocia, Time, "Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark Path as Venezuela," 13 June 2018 But a 2011 systematic review published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, which looked at 17 different studies, suggests that these devices are much more likely to help prevent illness if worn consistently and correctly. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 The hope for the analytics being developed at Ames is that the AI can discover patterns of anomalies in flight data that could be indicative of a systematic problem with aircraft. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 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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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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