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  1. a person who constructs a system.
  2. a naturalist engaged in classification.
  3. a person who adheres to a system, order, or method.
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Origin of systematist

1690–1700; < Greek systēmat- (stem of sýstēma) system + -ist
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Examples from the Web for systematist

Historical Examples

  • This is convenient for the systematist, but embarrassing for the naturalist.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

    Douglas Dewar

  • For over a century this species has been the plaything of the systematist.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • But for the systematist the difficulty is by the establishment of this group only doubled.

  • There it is preserved, a monument of Lindley's skill and industry and of inestimable value to the systematist.

  • From the above brief account it may perhaps be concluded that Berkeley was essentially a systematist and founder of new species.

British Dictionary definitions for systematist


  1. a person who constructs systems
  2. an adherent of a system
  3. a taxonomist
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