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From system +‎ -atic, from French systématique, from Ancient Greek συστηματικός (sustēmatikós), from σύστημᾰ (sústēma) +‎ -ῐκός (-ikós). Doublet of systemic.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˌsɪs.təˈmæt.ɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ætɪk


systematic (comparative more systematic, superlative most systematic)

  1. Carried out using a planned, ordered procedure.
  2. Methodical, regular and orderly.
  3. Of, or relating to taxonomic classification.
  4. (proscribed) Of, relating to, or being a system. (Can we add an example for this sense?)


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systematic (comparative more systematic, superlative most systematic)

  1. (colloquial) systematically
    • 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann:
      "So soon as they've settled all our guns and ships, and smashed our railways, and done all the things they are doing over there, they will begin catching us systematic, picking the best and storing us in cages and things."
    • 2019, Sewell Ford, Torchy and Vee[1]:
      And say, when them Gogs started out to put a thing through they did it systematic and thorough.