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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But no serious critic has offered any other strategy to counter four decades of systematic Chinese mercantilism and economic exploitation. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2019 Twitter There is a systematic attempt to not let Kashmiris voice their concerns about the abrogation of Article 370 or their opinions about human rights violations. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Getting trolled is a small price to pay to get information out of Kashmir, says activist Shehla Rashid," 22 Aug. 2019 The systematic warp and weft of the loom, after all, was the template for the first computer. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "For these 20 women artists, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Dyketactics’ are just the beginning," 16 Aug. 2019 Bashar al-Assad’s war of repression has killed civilians indiscriminately, but its targeting of medical facilities has been systematic. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "How Assad Made Truth a Casualty of War," 7 Sep. 2018 The Leipzig psychologists did not discover any systematic differences in personality. Corinna Hartmann, Scientific American, "Does Birth Order Affect Personality?," 8 Aug. 2019 In June, Buzzfeed published the findings of the Plain View Project, a systematic investigation into white supremacist sympathies among police officers nationwide. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "Don’t Give the Government More Power to Fight White Terrorism," 7 Aug. 2019 The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Missing Toni Morrison: raceAhead," 6 Aug. 2019 Five years ago, Islamic State fighters invaded my ancestral homeland of Sinjar, Iraq, and waged a systematic ethnic-cleansing campaign against the Yazidi community. Nadia Murad, Twin Cities, "Nadia Murad: The genocide against the Yazidi continues," 4 Aug. 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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