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

Other Words from systematic

systematically \ ˌsi-​stə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce systematic (audio) \ adverb
systematicness \ ˌsi-​stə-​ˈma-​tik-​nəs How to pronounce systematic (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
Recent Examples on the Web There may also be systematic differences between singleton and non-singleton children that could skew the results. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Randomly assigning hospitals or doctors to participate in either a new program or the status quo ensures that there are no systematic differences between the groups at the beginning of a study. Jesse Gubb, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 Companies that run large data centers began reporting systematic problems more than a decade ago. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 The Air Force concluded in a 2017 report detailed systematic problems with Boeing’s San Antonio maintenance facility. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Sep. 2021 His questions and systematic approach forced me to think about deals in new ways. Mike Koenigs, Forbes, 19 July 2022 While tech firms responding to takedown requests is important, Lamberty added, what’s needed most is a more proactive, systematic approach to monitoring Russian propaganda networks across platforms. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 There must be a systematic approach that is flexible and reflective with a goal of keeping the community and participants safe. oregonlive, 2 May 2022 It’s all with the goal of laying the groundwork for a systematic approach in the lab, one guided by many of the same principles as research into other disease agents, including work to track coronavirus variants. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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 systematic (audio) \ adverb

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