Synonyms of system

1 something made up of many interdependent or related parts
  • the national highway system allows travel from one end of the country to the other
  • the democratic system of checks and balances in government

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2 a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective
  • if you're going to wrap all these presents in one afternoon, you'll need a system

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3 the means or procedure for doing something
  • not the best system perhaps, but it gets the job done

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How is the word system different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of system are fashion, manner, method, mode, and way. While all these words mean "the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end," system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness.

a filing system

When might fashion be a better fit than system?

While in some cases nearly identical to system, fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something.

rushing about in his typical fashion

How do manner and mode relate to one another, in the sense of system?

Manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive.

an odd manner of conducting

When would method be a good substitute for system?

The words method and system can be used in similar contexts, but method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps.

effective teaching methods

When is it sensible to use mode instead of system?

The meanings of mode and system largely overlap; however, mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference.

the preferred mode of transportation

When can way be used instead of system?

The words way and system are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words.

has her own way of doing things

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The first known use of system was circa 1638

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“System.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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