[ sis-tuh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪk /


having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan: a systematic course of reading; systematic efforts.
given to or using a system or method; methodical: a systematic person.
arranged in or comprising an ordered system: systematic theology.
concerned with classification: systematic botany.
pertaining to, based on, or in accordance with a system of classification: the systematic names of plants.

Nearby words

  1. system,
  2. system building,
  3. system operator,
  4. system program,
  5. systema,
  6. systematic desensitization,
  7. systematic error,
  8. systematic name,
  9. systematic phoneme,
  10. systematics

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

SYNONYMS FOR systematic
2. See orderly.

Related forms
Can be confusedsystematic systemic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for systematicness


/ (ˌsɪstɪˈmætɪk) /


characterized by the use of order and planning; methodicala systematic administrator
comprising or resembling a systemsystematic theology
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 systematicness



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

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