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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of systems or of classification.
  2. Biology.
    1. the study and classification of organisms with the goal of reconstructing their evolutionary histories and relationships.
    2. phylogenetic classification.
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Origin of systematics

First recorded in 1885–90; see origin at systematic, -ics
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  1. (functioning as singular) the study of systems and the principles of classification and nomenclature
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