of, relating to, consisting of, or resembling program music.
of, having, advocating, resembling, or following a plan, policy, or program: programmatic art.
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. 2019

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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



of or relating to programme music
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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