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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 systematically
  • He will be systematically discredited and ground away by controversy.
  • All were led to the ceremonial courtyard of the palace and systematically executed.
  • In less than the blink of an eye, people remembered a systematically modified version of pictures they had seen.
  • Certainly imagining these robots working together systematically is no longer an option.
  • Studies have, understandably, more looked at treatment than at systematically exploring toxic effects of pepper spray.
  • Radio wave pulses systematically probe small sections of tissues, knocking those atoms out of alignment.
  • Imagine a factory of missiles that would systematically affirm, it produces only knives.
  • Perhaps the decision makers are systematically imperfect maximizers.
  • systematically receiving bailouts whenever you need one, however, could arguably make you a utility.
  • And then he systematically demolished every one of those reasons.
British Dictionary definitions for systematically


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 systematically



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

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