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systematic (adj.)

1670s, "pertaining to a system," from French systématique or directly from Late Latin systematicus, from Greek systematikos "combined in a whole," from systema (genitive systematos); see system. From 1789 as "methodical," often in a bad sense, "ruthlessly methodical." Related: Systematical (1660s); systematically.

updated on January 08, 2014

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Definitions of systematic from WordNet

systematic (adj.)
characterized by order and planning;
the investigation was very systematic
a systematic administrator
systematic (adj.)
of or relating to taxonomy;
Synonyms: taxonomic / taxonomical
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