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

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 From January 2009, when the United Nations began a systematic documentation of civilian casualties, to September, some 34,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the armed conflict. NBC News, "U.S. and Taliban agree to 7-day reduction in violence, U.S. official says," 14 Feb. 2020 The National Institutes of Health and other government institutions should also fund ongoing systematic research to understand how women see these issues, rather than having others speak and decide for them. Robert Klitzman, STAT, "Paying gestational carriers should be legal in all states," 12 Feb. 2020 The person in this role will facilitate the entire innovation process or lifecycle from idea generation to systematic development. Quartz India, "Rajesh Uppal on the jobs that will define India’s future," 11 Feb. 2020 There has been no systematic monitoring of alternative ministries, unlike those affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Priests on sex offender registry find a home in alternative ministry," 5 Feb. 2020 The Holocaust was the systematic murder of as many as 11 million people deemed undesirable by Germany's Nazi regime in World War II. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holocaust and genocide education would be required in Wisconsin schools under proposed bill," 22 Jan. 2020 The discrepancy in market engagement is a systematic characteristic of the US economy. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The US stock market has never been this strong. That will likely make inequality worse," 15 Jan. 2020 Ghezzi’s team tested Google’s top-ranking websites for scientific rigor against the Cochrane Library, a systematic medical review database, and deemed initial results as largely unreliable. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Google results for probiotics are totally unreliable," 15 Jan. 2020 For example, keas (a type of parrot found in New Zealand) have 1.28 billion pallial neurons, ravens possess 1.2 billion and chimpanzees have 7.4 billion neurons, although research could not evince systematic cognitive differences among them. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 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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“Systematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 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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