1. of, relating to, consisting of, or resembling program music.
  2. of, having, advocating, resembling, or following a plan, policy, or program: programmatic art.
  3. of, relating to, or employing a computer program: The coders found a programmatic solution to automate data processing.
Sometimes pro·gram·mat·i·cal.

Origin of programmatic

1895–1900; < Greek programmat- (stem of prógramma) program + -ic
Related formspro·gram·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·pro·gram·mat·ic, adjectiveun·pro·gram·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-programmatic


  1. of or relating to programme music
  2. of or relating to a programme
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Word Origin and History for non-programmatic



1847, from Greek programma (genitive programmatos; see program (n.)) + -ic. Related: Programmatically.

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