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

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 State auditors cited major, systematic problems with CONNECT in 2015, 2016, and 2019 reports. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "DeSantis orders probe into DeLoitte unemployment website contract, collapse," 5 May 2020 One reason was that Congress failed to establish a systematic problem with states violating peoples' copyrights. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court rules states are immune from copyright law," 24 Mar. 2020 There were no systematic problems with treating patients who had never before received insulin injections, nor with those switching from animal to human insulin. Henry I. Miller, WSJ, "Follow the FDA’s Self-Interest," 28 Oct. 2018 Ms Rugege also points out a systematic problem of African academia, which is that universities on the continent rarely encourage their professors to do research. The Economist, "An ambitious African-science project is getting into its stride," 5 Apr. 2018 Human rights groups and several governments, including the U.S. State Department, have accused China of systematic human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "One American Uyghur’s vow: ‘I should’ve gone public a long time ago.’," 1 Apr. 2020 Change control — a systematic approach to dealing with all changes made to a product or system — must be enforced. Eric D. Perakslis, STAT, "Covid-19 will be the ultimate stress test for electronic health record systems," 12 Mar. 2020 One way to help analyze YouTube radicalization in a more systematic way would be for the platform to disclose how many times its recommendation engine recommends any video. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Does YouTube favor radicalization? From outside YouTube, it’s hard to know," 31 Dec. 2019 No academic, journalist, victim or ordinary Catholic has any real idea how the Catholic Church has adjudicated these cases in any systematic way. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Vatican office struggles to keep up with rise in clergy abuse cases," 21 Dec. 2019

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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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12 May 2020

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“Systematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce systematic (audio)

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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