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[sis-tuh-mat-ik] /ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪk/
having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan:
a systematic course of reading; systematic efforts.
given to or using a system or method; methodical:
a systematic person.
arranged in or comprising an ordered system:
systematic theology.
concerned with classification:
systematic botany.
pertaining to, based on, or in accordance with a system of classification:
the systematic names of plants.
Origin of systematic
1670-80; < Late Latin systēmaticus < Greek systēmatikós, equivalent to systēmat- (stem of sýstēma) system + -ikos -ic
Related forms
systematicness, noun
systematically, adverb
intersystematic, adjective
intersystematical, adjective
intersystematically, adverb
nonsystematic, adjective
nonsystematical, adjective
nonsystematically, adverb
oversystematic, adjective
oversystematicness, noun
oversystematically, adverb
presystematic, adjective
presystematically, adverb
quasi-systematic, adjective
quasi-systematically, adverb
unsystematic, adjective
unsystematical, adjective
unsystematically, adverb
Can be confused
systematic, systemic.
2. See orderly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for systematic
  • Then the original scientists point out the others' systematic errors and fatal flaws in understanding.
  • Nobody could give an accurate length estimate because there has never been a systematic survey.
  • Only in the nineteen-seventies did historians begin studying homicide in any systematic way.
  • The key to handling a scandal is to be calm and systematic.
  • Doing this research, however, forced me to think through my beliefs in a more systematic way.
  • Using the list to make systematic claims proves challenging.
  • What he is doing now is reconnaissance work, looking for new sites where he can do a systematic investigation.
  • In my simulation, the total energy only changed in the twelfth decimal place and it displayed no systematic trend.
  • The degree of sterility does not strictly follow systematic affinity, but is governed by several curious and complex laws.
  • The book would have been much less rich than it is had it been really systematic.
British Dictionary definitions for systematic


characterized by the use of order and planning; methodical: a systematic administrator
comprising or resembling a system: systematic theology
(biology) Also systematical (sɪstəˈmætɪkəl). of or relating to the taxonomic classification of organisms
Derived Forms
systematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for systematic

1670s, from Late Latin systematicus, from Greek systematikos, from systema (see system). Related: Systematically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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