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systematic

[sis-tuh-mat-ik]
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adjective
  1. having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan: a systematic course of reading; systematic efforts.
  2. given to or using a system or method; methodical: a systematic person.
  3. arranged in or comprising an ordered system: systematic theology.
  4. concerned with classification: systematic botany.
  5. pertaining to, based on, or in accordance with a system of classification: the systematic names of plants.
Sometimes sys·tem·at·i·cal.

Origin of systematic

1670–80; < Late Latin systēmaticus < Greek systēmatikós, equivalent to systēmat- (stem of sýstēma) system + -ikos -ic
Related formssys·tem·at·ic·ness, nounsys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·sys·tem·at·ic, adjectivein·ter·sys·tem·at·i·cal, adjectivein·ter·sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·sys·tem·at·ic, adjectivenon·sys·tem·at·i·cal, adjectivenon·sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·sys·tem·at·ic, adjectiveo·ver·sys·tem·at·ic·ness, nouno·ver·sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·sys·tem·at·ic, adjectivepre·sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-sys·tem·at·ic, adjectivequa·si-sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverbun·sys·tem·at·ic, adjectiveun·sys·tem·at·i·cal, adjectiveun·sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverb
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2. See orderly.
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Examples from the Web for systematical

Historical Examples

  • With steel or wooden traps is the only systematical way of hunting these animals.

    Canadian Wilds

    Martin Hunter

  • This author is the first who has treated this subject generally and in a systematical matter.

    Buffon's Natural History, Volume I (of II)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • That it would not be so useful had any systematical arrangement been followed seems undeniable.

    How to Catalogue a Library

    Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley

  • But they were utterly undisciplined, and turbulently impatient of superior authority, or systematical control.

  • I considered the scheme as neither substantial, nor permanent, nor systematical, nor likely to be a corrective of evil influence.


British Dictionary definitions for systematical

systematic

adjective
  1. characterized by the use of order and planning; methodicala systematic administrator
  2. comprising or resembling a systemsystematic theology
  3. Also: systematical (sɪstəˈmætɪkəl) biology of or relating to the taxonomic classification of organisms
Derived Formssystematically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for systematical

systematic

adj.

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

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