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
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Recent Examples on the Web After all, the IOC already has declined to object to China's systematic persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the country, which some activists have labeled a genocide. Paul Newberry, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 But if Build Back Better fails, then the United States will plainly be incapable of responding to climate change in any organized or systematic way. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 Any increase in food assistance benefit amounts must be made in tandem with systematic removal of obstacles that box families out of accessing these benefits in the first place. Priya Fielding-singh And Ilana Raskind, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 Those proposals include Bakerfield Elementary School roof and chiller replacements, a Harford Technical High School multi-systematic renovation and addressing schools with elevated lead testing. Kristen Griffith,, 16 Nov. 2021 The good news is that women mobilized after finding out about their widespread and systematic exclusion. Anushay Hossain, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2021 The first thing to fall in place was a systematic 72-yard, 15-play drive in which Oberg hit lanky Max Conaway on a big fourth-and-5 pass to keep the drive alive. Kevin J. Farmer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 The few studies evaluating these and more systematic methods have yielded mixed results. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 5 Nov. 2021 New Mexico has long allowed the open and concealed carry of firearms in the building with no systematic screening for weapons at entrances, which are guarded by State Police when the Legislature is in session. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 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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“Systematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 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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