- systematic, systemicThe word in general use in the meaning ‘done according to a plan or system’ is systematic, and one can equally speak of systematic learning (i.e. following a system or set of principles) and a systematic search (i.e. one done methodically); the second is only a slight extension in meaning of the first. The less common word systemic means ‘relating to or affecting a system as a whole (rather than to a part of it)’, as in systemic failures in an organization, and has special technical meanings in medicine and linguistics.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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Systematic — Sys tem*at ic, Systematical Sys tem*at ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. syst[ e]matique.] 1. Of or pertaining to system; consisting in system; methodical; formed with regular connection and adaptation or subordination of parts to each other, and to the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
systematic — I adjective according to rule, accuratus, arranged, businesslike, classified, disciplined, exact, habitual, in order, methodical, ordered, orderly, organized, precise, regular, regulated, routine, standardized, systematical, thorough,… … Law dictionary
systematic — 1670s, from L.L. systematicus, from Gk. systematikos, from systema (see SYSTEM (Cf. system)). Related: Systematically … Etymology dictionary
systematic — *orderly, methodical, regular Analogous words: systematized, organized, ordered, arranged (see ORDER vb): *logical, analytical … New Dictionary of Synonyms
systematic — [adj] orderly analytical, arranged, businesslike, complete, efficient, logical, methodic, methodical, ordered, organized, out and out*, precise, regular, standardized, systematized, thoroughgoing, well ordered; concept 557 Ant. chaotic, confused … New thesaurus
systematic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done or acting according to a fixed plan or system; methodical. DERIVATIVES systematically adverb systematist noun … English terms dictionary
systematic — [sis΄tə mat′ik] adj. [Gr systēmatikos] 1. forming or constituting a system 2. based on or involving a system 3. made or arranged according to a system, method, or plan; regular; orderly 4. characterized by the use of method or orderly planning;… … English World dictionary
systematic — /sɪstəˈmætɪk / (say sistuh matik) adjective 1. having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan: a systematic course of reading; systematic efforts. 2. characterised by system or method; methodical: a systematic person; systematic habits.… … Australian English dictionary
systematic — systematicness, n. systematically, adv. /sis teuh mat ik/, adj. 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… … Universalium
systematic — sys•tem•at•ic [[t]ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪk[/t]] also sys tem•at′i•cal adj. 1) having, showing, or involving a system, method, or plan: systematic efforts[/ex] 2) given to or using a system or method; methodical: a systematic person[/ex] 3) arranged in or… … From formal English to slang