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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 design of the whole; as, a systematic arrangement of plants or animals; a systematic course of study. Now we deal much in essays, and unreasonably despise systematical learning; whereas our fathers had a just value for regularity and systems. (I. Watts) A representation of phenomena, in order to answer the purposes of science, must be systematic. (Whewell)

2. Proceeding according to system, or regular method; as, a systematic writer; systematic benevolence.

3. Pertaining to the system of the world; cosmical. These ends may be called cosmical, or systematical. (boyle)

4. (Science: medicine) Affecting successively the different parts of the system or set of nervous fibres; as, systematic degeneration. Systematic theology. See Theology.

Origin: Gr., cf. F. Systematique.