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 scholarb : marked by thoroughness and regularity systematic efforts
4 : of, relating to, or concerned with classification; specifically : taxonomic
systematicallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
systematicnessplay \-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
Recent Examples of systematic from the Web
What began as a perverse initiation rite a few years ago for prisoners on a road crew in rural Sampson County grew into systematic and sadistic torture and humiliation over two years, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the inmates.
Systematic pathogen surveillance is within our grasp, but is still undervalued and underfunded relative to the magnitude of the threat.
According to Andrews, Chinese officials changed sensor locations, stopped measuring a major pollutant, and engaged in seemingly systematic statistical chicanery.
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Origin and Etymology of systematic
Late Latin systematicus, from Greek systēmatikos, from systēmat-, systēma
First Known Use: 1666
SYSTEMATIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of systematic for English Language Learners
: using a careful system or method : done according to a system
SYSTEMATIC Defined for Kids
Definition of systematic for Students
: using a system or a regular and orderly method She works in a systematic way.
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