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[ si-stem-ik ]


  1. of or relating to a system, especially when affecting the entirety of a thing:

    systemic flaws in the design and construction of the vehicles.

  2. relating to or noting a policy, practice, or set of beliefs that has been established as normative or customary throughout a political, social, or economic system: systemic racism.

    systemic inequality;

    systemic racism.

  3. Physiology, Pathology.
    1. relating to or affecting the body as a whole.
    2. relating to or affecting a particular body system.
  4. (of a pesticide) absorbed and circulated by a plant or other organism so as to be lethal to pests that feed on it.


/ -ˈstiː-; sɪˈstɛmɪk /


  1. another word for systematic systematic
  2. physiol (of a poison, disease, etc) affecting the entire body
  3. (of a pesticide, fungicide, etc) spreading through all the parts of a plant and making it toxic to pests or parasites without destroying it


  1. a systemic pesticide, fungicide, etc

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Derived Forms

  • sysˈtemically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • sys·tem·i·cal·ly adverb
  • non·sys·tem·ic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of systemic1

First recorded in 1795–1805; system + -ic

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Example Sentences

To transform toxic kitchens, operators, customers, and employees together must change these systemic mechanisms that keep workers silent in the first place.

From Eater

When you’re thinking deeply about systemic inequality, you’re bound to survey your own situation.

He told "Axios on HBO" that systemic racism — or racial bias, as he prefers to call it — exists everywhere but is "more obvious" in the NFL.

From Axios

You’ve reported on some of these smaller swaths, individual stories and experiences, but also the larger systemic failures.

Sure, you can and should, he argues, but the change we should be looking for is systemic, not individual.

There are, however, systemic problems that must be addressed.

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Brown seems to believe that this is simply another example of a systemic overhaul.

This is what perpetuates a systemic, institutionalized rape culture.

The conforms of systemic racism have caused a precious grasping of your blackness that oft times seeks to destroy us.

And then, Ferguson showed us how systemic racism plays itself out.

What systemic measures are to be prescribed in acute urticaria?

You can hardly call a corporate monster like Systemic Developments a private enterprise!

What systemic measures are to be prescribed in chronic and recurrent urticaria?

There is, in some instances, preceding or accompanying systemic disturbance.

Such an agent may often be advantageously combined with the Catalytic remedy, which tends to cure the systemic disorder.


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