systematic

adjective
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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First, our investigation found that the Russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Katie Reilly, Time, "Read Robert Mueller's Opening Statement for His Testimony About the Russia Investigation," 24 July 2019 First, our investigation found that the Russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Robert Mueller’s Opening Statement: Read Full Text," 24 July 2019 Special Counsel Mueller said the Russian intervention was sweeping and systematic. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Will Robert Mueller offer fireworks? Bay Area lawmakers will play a key role in the questioning.," 23 July 2019 In Boeing’s case, the company overlooked key safety considerations that turned a preventable technical mistake into a systematic failure that may have contributed to two airplane crashes and 346 deaths. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Uber made a blueprint for safe self-driving cars it wants the rest of the industry to follow," 18 July 2019 Will Facebook be compelled to alter its present, systematic abuse of privacy? Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue," 12 July 2019 In 2016, for example, The Journal of Pain published a systematic review of various back pain treatments, including both exercise and cognitive strategies like those promoted by the Pain Revolution, as well as combinations of the different methods. Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Discover Magazine, "These Researchers Think We Can Retrain Our Brains to Tame Chronic Pain," 30 May 2019 Written by 145 authors from 50 countries over the past three years, the report has an additional 310 contributing writers, all of whom relied upon a systematic review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Our Planet Just Got a Health Check, and the Diagnosis Is Grim," 6 May 2019 The administration’s treatment of immigrants may not resemble the systematic slaughter of millions practiced by the Nazis, but other elements of Trump’s policies and rhetoric bear striking resemblance to those of German in the 1930s and 1940s. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump’s racism resembles Nazism," 15 July 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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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 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

systematic

adjective
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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