systematic

adjective
sys·​tem·​at·​ic | \ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tik \

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 \ adverb
systematicness \ˌsi-​stə-​ˈma-​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
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Republicans have, for years now, engaged in a systematic and nationally coordinated effort to rewrite the rules of the political game in their favor. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018 The new research is more systematic, looking at the underlying mechanisms behind both Meltdown and Spectre and running through all the different ways the speculative execution can be misdirected. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks," 14 Nov. 2018 But a backlash against Christians was already brewing and persecution became rampant and systematic, with Christians executed en masse, including the famous 26 martyrs. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish," 12 Sep. 2018 Japan has intensified its stance in recent years, especially under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nationalist government, which says there is no official record showing the wartime government’s systematic use of coercion. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels," 21 Nov. 2018 Facebook has a genocide problem Last month, The New York Times reported that members of the Myanmar military organized a systematic disinformation campaign to demonize the country's Muslim Rohingya minority group. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”," 21 Nov. 2018 The study authors said that while their findings suggested that alkaline water could have therapeutic effects for acid reflux, more systematic studies with actual heartburn patients are needed. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 The journal called for systematic study of the accolades Mr Xi had earned—a School of Sycophantology, as David Bandurski, co-director of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong, puts it. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Soldiers used systematic rape of women and girls as a war weapon in at least 16 villages, according to Amnesty, which interviewed 11 who were gang-raped. Verena Dobnik, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amnesty International: Myanmar military should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity," 27 June 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of systematic 

: of, relating to, or concerned with classification specifically : taxonomic

Other Words from systematic

systematically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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