[ proh-gruh-mat-ik ]


  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.


/ ˌprəʊɡrəˈmætɪk /


  1. of or relating to programme music
  2. of or relating to a programme

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Other Words From

  • program·mati·cal·ly adverb
  • nonpro·gram·matic adjective
  • unpro·gram·matic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of programmatic1

1895–1900; < Greek programmat- (stem of prógramma ) program + -ic

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Example Sentences

At the moment, many clients are accessing the inventory via private marketplace or programmatic guaranteed deals.

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Fraudsters seem to be taking advantage of the CTV ad market still being in development, particularly when it comes to the market’s programmatic infrastructure.

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Armed with richer first-party data sets, publishers looking to extend their reach using programmatic media channels are proving better match rates when onboarding their data in a post-third-party cookie world.

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Even earlier in March, Digiday reported that programmatic rates were down an average of 10 to 20% globally.

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It worked as there was a 52% jump in awareness among those who saw the programmatic ads compared to those who did not.

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The majority of the rest of the book is devoted to the programmatic agenda of the members of the Federalist Society.

State of the Union addresses tend to be too long and too programmatic.

Every president seems to get bogged down in policy overload and programmatic detail.

The "Pastoral" symphony is by no means the first piece of deliberately, confessedly programmatic music.

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

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

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

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


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More About Programmatic

What does programmatic mean?

Programmatic is most commonly used to describe things done using a computer program.

In computing, a program is a sequence of instructions (called code) that enable a computer to perform a task. Programmatic is used to refer to tasks that can be done in an automated way (using such programs), especially as opposed to tasks that have to be done manually (by a person).

Program is a common word that has many other meanings, and programmatic can also refer to anything involving or using a plan.

More specifically but less commonly, it can be used to describe something involving program music, which is music intended to convey an impression of a definite series of images, scenes, or events.

Example: Instead of reading every cell in the spreadsheet to look for duplicates, you can filter them out programmatically.

Where does programmatic come from?

The word programmatic is first recorded in English around the early 1900s, but it didn’t come to be used in its modern sense until much later (obviously), after the advent of computers. But today, it’s most commonly used to refer to tasks completed with software.

Performing tasks in a programmatic way is really the whole point of computers. Instead of having to solve long, complex equations, computers were invented to crunch the numbers programmatically: instructions (the code) are programmed into the computer, specific data is put in, and then, bleep bloop, the computer does the work.

You’re most likely to hear the word being used to discuss how something can be automated, or at least simplified, so that humans don’t have to do as much work. But the scale and potential applications of things that can be done programmatically are limitless.

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What are some other forms of programmatic?

  • programmatically (adverb)
  • nonprogrammatic (adjective)
  • unprogrammatic (adjective)
  • programmatical (adjective)

What are some synonyms for programmatic?

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How is programmatic used in real life?

Programmatic is primarily used to talk about having software do the work so we don’t have to.



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Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of programmatic?

A. algorithmic
B. automated
C. manual
D. methodical




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