1. (adjective) Relating to a classification, system, or taxonomy.

2. (adjective) Methodical, orderly, and purposeful.

Example: Abraham Harold Maslow’s (1908–1970) hierarchy of needs or a dictionary putting words in alphabetical order.

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  • Also called systematical.
  • The science of systematic classification is systematics.
  • A (noun) systematician or (noun) systematizer or (noun) systematist (verb) systematizes research (adverb) systematically to assure (noun) systematization or (noun) systematicness.

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Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.