[ sis-tuh-mat-ik ]
See synonyms for: systematicsystematically on

  1. having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan: a systematic course of reading; systematic efforts.

  2. given to or using a system or method; methodical: a systematic person.

  1. arranged in or comprising an ordered system: systematic theology.

  2. concerned with classification: systematic botany.

  3. pertaining to, based on, or in accordance with a system of classification: the systematic names of plants.

Origin of systematic

First recorded in 1670–80; from Late Latin systēmaticus, from Greek systēmatikós, equivalent to systēmat- (stem of sýstēma ) “system” + -ikos adjective suffix; see origin at system, -ic
  • Sometimes sys·tem·at·i·cal [sis-tuh-mat-i-kuhl] /ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪ kəl/ .

synonym study For systematic

2. See orderly.

Other words from systematic

  • sys·tem·at·ic·ness, noun
  • sys·tem·at·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·sys·tem·at·ic, adjective
  • in·ter·sys·tem·at·i·cal, adjective
  • non·sys·tem·at·ic, adjective
  • non·sys·tem·at·i·cal, adjective
  • o·ver·sys·tem·at·ic, adjective
  • o·ver·sys·tem·at·ic·ness, noun
  • pre·sys·tem·at·ic, adjective
  • qua·si-sys·tem·at·ic, adjective
  • un·sys·tem·at·ic, adjective
  • un·sys·tem·at·i·cal, adjective

Words that may be confused with systematic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use systematic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for systematic


/ (ˌsɪstɪˈmætɪk) /

  1. characterized by the use of order and planning; methodical: a systematic administrator

  2. comprising or resembling a system: systematic theology

  1. Also: systematical (sɪstəˈmætɪkəl) biology of or relating to the taxonomic classification of organisms

Derived forms of systematic

  • systematically, adverb

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