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

Systematic and Systemic: Usage Guide

Systematic and systemic both come from system. Systematic is the more common word; it most often describes something that is done according to a system or method a systematic approach to learning that involves carefully following the program's steps Systemic describes what relates to or affects an entire system. For example, a systemic disease affects the entire body or organism, and systemic changes to an organization have an impact on the entire organization, including its most basic operations.

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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Recent Examples on the Web The fact that the MESSENGER calculations included data from flybys of both Mercury and Venus created a large systematic uncertainty. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "How Long Do Neutrons Live? Space Probe Could Put Debate to Rest," 25 June 2020 Mexico’s border patrol, like our own, has been implicated in systematic human rights abuses. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "How America Exports Police Violence Around the World," 25 June 2020 The patriarchy is the patriarchy and racial systematic betrayal and injustice is rampant. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "Jonathan Majors on making Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and how it’s ‘popping off’ at the right time," 18 June 2020 Six ex-eBay employers have been charged over a systematic campaign to harass a couple sending them live cockroaches and spiders, and a bloody pig mask. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM board member becoming familiar name for the wrong reasons," 18 June 2020 Egyptian authorities have repeatedly denied claims of systematic torture in prisons and did not respond to Hegazi's claims. Sarah El Sirgany, CNN, "How one gay Egyptian woman stood up to homophobia and paid the ultimate price," 17 June 2020 In the 19th century, scientists moved away from the random collections of curiosity cabinets to a more systematic study of the natural world. Quanta Magazine, "The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty," 16 June 2020 However, once permits were issued to unscrupulous front companies from Asia, the systematic stripping of the coast commenced with exports packed and sent out of the Cape and Johannesburg all under the legal guise of a legitimate business. Chris Alden, Quartz Africa, "A South African proposal to allow the breeding of wildlife for slaughter could end in disaster," 15 June 2020 Unlike most other countries in Europe, Britain hasn’t undertaken any systematic reassessment of its past. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Protests in U.K. Spark New Scrutiny of British Empire," 15 June 2020

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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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The first known use of systematic was in 1666

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29 Jun 2020

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“Systematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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 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


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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