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[skee-mat-ik, ski-] /skiˈmæt ɪk, skɪ-/
pertaining to or of the nature of a schema, diagram, or scheme; diagrammatic.
a diagram, plan, or drawing:
Read the schematic before attempting any repairs.
Origin of schematic
1695-1705; < New Latin schēmaticus < Greek schēmatikós. See scheme, -ic
Related forms
schematically, adverb
nonschematic, adjective
nonschematically, adverb
unschematic, adjective
unschematically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for schematic
  • More schematic representations are the norm throughout the world.
  • Please provide schematic diagrams of how this works.
  • The broad arrows indicate the schematic flow of energy in proportion to their importance.
  • The maps by colours, in the other hand, are too schematic.
  • The construction is surprisingly schematic given his reputation for well-made plays.
  • The messages were as schematic as any medieval morality play.
  • He said that schematic drawings had been completed and a new stadium had been priced, though he would not reveal the cost.
  • The first schematic drawings are expected early next year.
  • Most of the sonnets lend themselves to more than one schematic representation.
  • As befits a lifelong student of mathematics, the show celebrates the rational, the schematic and the cerebral.
British Dictionary definitions for schematic


/skɪˈmætɪk; skiː-/
of or relating to the nature of a diagram, plan, or schema
a schematic diagram, esp of an electrical circuit
Derived Forms
schematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for schematic

"pertaining to schemes," 1701, from Latin stem of scheme (n.) + -ic. Noun meaning "diagram" is first attested 1929. Related: Schematical (1670s).

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