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

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Historical Examples of programmatic

  • Like “Zarathustra,” it would be effective as music without a line of programmatic explanation.

  • These men often talk as glibly as if they were essayists, they often seem to be mere vehicles for programmatic manifestoes.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

  • Although he strove continually for classic form, his works nevertheless reveal their programmatic origin.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

  • Musical modernity and the programmatic form had come to seem inseparable.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

British Dictionary definitions for programmatic


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

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

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