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Definitions of Systematic

  1. (adjective) Relating to a classification, system, or taxonomy.
  2. (adjective) Methodical, orderly, and purposeful.

Examples of Systematic

  • Abraham Harold Maslow’s (1908–1970) hierarchy of needs.
  • This dictionary putting words in alphabetical order.

Systematic Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sys·tem·at·ic

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sis-tuh-mAt-ik/
  • British English – /sis-ti-mAt-ik/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌsɪstəˈmædɪk/
  • British English – /ˌsɪstᵻˈmatɪk/

Usage Notes

  • 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, Diana. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

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Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (https://wordnet.princeton.edu/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

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Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Systematic

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “systematic.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 27, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/systematic/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

systematic. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/systematic/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “systematic.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/systematic/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“systematic.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 27 Sep. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/systematic/>.