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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Consistency of labeling the data and a systematic way of going about cleaning it and correcting errors is what Ng would like to see happening across all AI projects. Gil Press, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, praised the consortium for creating a systematic way to include student voices when addressing issues such as retention, access and diversity. Annie Ma, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2021 Human rights groups report widespread and systematic rape in Karen state, in southwest Myanmar, over many decades. Ei Hlaing, The Conversation, 12 May 2021 Countries next needed to act on the data in a systematic way to quash locusts. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Among the key takeaways and recommendations, the department is going to approach accessibility in a systematic way. Peter Warren, Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Wednesday’s announcement signals the regulator is now approaching the subject in a more systematic way. Dave Michaels, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2021 Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has repeatedly said that while there are individual cases of fraud in every election, there is no evidence widespread or systematic fraud occurred in November. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 20 Feb. 2021 China is ramping up its abuses and 500,000 Tibetans are now being held in labor camps as part of a systematic genocidal campaign that has one aim. Benjamin Hall, Fox News, 28 May 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Systematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 systematic (audio) \ adverb


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